Alphons Kannanthanam becomes Union Minister, Kerala CM hails elevation of 'old friend'

Great Surprise Thrilled' Says Bureaucrat Turned Minister KJ Alphons

So, If Goa (which is ruled by BJP) can eat beef then what's the problem with Kerela.

"The PM has done a fantastic job in taking everyone along", he said adding that he could be a bridge between the Christian community and the BJP.

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On the face of it, the comments by Alphons would appear as being far from reality. He took oath as the minister of state.

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.

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The former babu, who has an excellent rapport within the politically crucial Syrian Christian community of Kerala and members of the Church in the state where the Christian clergy plays in important role in elections, is the first ever minister in a BJP-led central government to belong to Kerala, a state where the party has been desperate to make inroads in. Party sources said there are one vacancy each in Goa when Manohar Parrikar returned there as chief minister and in Karnataka when M. Venkaiah Naidu was elected Vice-President and the party may consider him in one of those seats. In a massive change, he moved to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and was made a member of its national executive council soon after joining.

However, a former BJP state president told DC that Mr Kannanthanam always preferred to be based in New Delhi and has never shown any interest to remain as a regional level politician. The ministership is a gift to his stand. "Alphons" elevation signals more worries are in store for the warring factions in the BJP state leadership. We don't dictate food habits in any place. Focusing on Kerala as part of its "Mission South" programme, the BJP-led NDA had reconstituted its Kerala unit past year, inducting senior politician P C Thomas to the NDA central committee.

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Kerala is among eight states where there are no restrictions on cow slaughter.

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