One reason why Modi and BJP president Amit Shah may have opted for Alphons is to warn the warring BJP leadership in the state that they needed to get their act together to take on the entrenched Left and the Congress.
Kannanthanam said that he is surprised to get a new position and was not expecting this.
Pradhan as the Oil MInister is also credited with successfully implementing government's policy in the crucial sector including the iniative to forego subsidised cooking gas voluntarily.The focus of the reshuffle has been who will be given the the defence and railways portfolios.
Nearly half a dozen Union Ministers were asked to quit to make headroom for a massive reshuffle of the Council of Ministers during a meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday.
Shekhawat represents Jodhpur seat in the Lower House.Former Home Secretary R K Singh is a first time MP from Arrah in Bihar.While Shukla is a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, Choubey has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Buxar in Bihar.Satya Pal Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh and a former Maharashtra-cadre IPS officer of the 1980 batch.
"The ministerial berth for Alphons Kannanthanam is an Onam gift for Malayalis from the Modi Government", said BJP State President Kummanam Rajasekharan. Perhaps the clean image of bureaucrat turned politician prompted BJP to pick him from Kerala to Modi cabinet. Kannanthanam joined BJP, after being fed up with the corrupt rule of the two political fronts of the state. He retired from the IAS and was elected as an Independent member of the Kerala Assembly from Kanjirappally from 2006 to 2011. Tipped to be the administrator of Chandigarh previous year, the former MLA from Kanjirappally seat was earlier backed by CPI (M).
In 1994, Mr Alphons had featured in Time magazine's list of 100 Young Global Leaders. Kannanthanam shot into the limelight during his stint as commissioner of the Delhi Development Authority in the 1990s for his encroachment-clearing drive, and earned the sobriquet Delhi's "demolition man".