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Annapurna Devi becomes second from Jharkhand to join Modi ministry

Koderma MP, who ditched Lalu, is currently national vice-president of BJP

Ranchi, July 7: BJP’s Koderma MP Annapurna Devi was inducted in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers on Wednesday evening when the full list of new inductees was announced officially.

Devi is among the 43 fresh faces took part in the oath-taking ceremony in the evening. 

Two MPs from Jharkhand–Arjun Munda (Khunti) and Mukthar Abbas Naqvi (Rajya Sabha) _ are already Union ministers, handling tribal and minority affairs respectively. However, technically, Mukhtar Abbas does not hail from Jharkhand.

Devi, who is currently national vice-president of BJP, was a part of the Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal until the 2019 parliamentary elections. She was also state president of RJD in Jharkhand and was to contest from Koderma on a party ticket. However, she quit RJD and joined the BJP before the elections.

The saffron camp pitched Devi from the Koderma seat to take on Babulal Marandi, who was then the chief of JVM-P, which now stands defunct after the latter’s merger with the BJP.

The party’s gamble on Devi, a prominent Yadav face, worked as she trounced Marandi by a margin of over 4 lakh votes. After the death of her husband, Ramesh Prasad Yadav, a minister in the Rabri Devi cabinet, Devi took to politics in 1998. Since then, Devi has been a four-time MLA from Koderma on RJD ticket. In the 2014 Assembly polls, she, however, lost to the BJP’s Neera Yadav .

Annapurna Devi ditched Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD in the 2019 Parliamentary elections and joined the saffron camp and to become an MP.

Annapurna Devi’s husband was late Ramesh Prasad Yadav, who was also a politician and a minister in Rabri Devi’s cabinet. Rabri Devi is Lalu Prasad Yadav’s wife.

Annapurna herself served as a minister of state in the Rabri Devi ministry in 2000. She was also sworn in as a cabinet minister in the Shibu Soren ministry. Other political portfolios that she carried in her 23 years of illustrious career were of Irrigation ministry and women and child welfare ministries in Bihar cabinet.

With her as the cabinet minister, BJP seems to have send a message to get hold of Yadav voters both in Bihar and Jharkhand.

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