Day after 57-members council of ministers glittering oath-taking ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Modi Cabinet 2.0 announced the much-anticipated portfolio allocation.
Contrary to the speculations, Kiren Rijiju has been appointed as MoS (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and MoS in the Ministry of Minority Affairs. He replaces 2004 Athens Olympic medalist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the post.
The newly appointed sports minister is an alumnus of Hansraj College in Delhi, followed it up with a law degree from the University of Delhi. He first contested in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections from the Arunachal West constituency. He lost during the 2009 polls by a tiny margin of 1314 votes. Kiren came back stronger five years later and regained his seat by defeating Congress candidate Takam Sanjoy.
Rijiju, became an Union Minister in 2014, won from Arunachal West seat for the second consecutive time. In 2019 Lok Sabha elections – defeating Congress candidate and former chief minister Nabam Tuki with a huge margin of 1,67,132 votes.
In 2015, Rijiju was designated as the Disaster Risk Champion for the Asia-Pacific Region for his work in the area by the UN, thus becoming the first Indian to be conferred with the honour.
Rajyavardhan Rathore who too earned a second consecutive term from his Jaipur Rural constituency wasn’t part of the ministers who took oath and thus seems set to be without a portfolio in the new government for now.
Congratulation to Shri Kiren Rijiju for the becoming sports minister. We wish him all the luck in accomplishing all the goals and serving the nation.