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Najma Heptullah and Smriti Irani: The oldest and youngest cabinet ministers are women

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 7:45am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Prime minister Narendra Modi made a record of sorts giving huge representation to women in his cabinet. There are seven women ministers out of a total 44. This makes 15% representation, the largest so far, considering that women MPs constitute only 11% in parliament.

Women in Modi's cabinet comprise both experienced and new. Incidentally, both youngest (Smriti Irani) and the oldest (Najma Heptullah) in the cabinet are women.

Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti, Menaka Gandhi, Harsimrat Kaur and Nirmala Sitharaman are other women representatives in the cabinet.

The women in the cabinet ensured that both saffron and green was adequately represented in the swearing in ceremony.

Uma Bharti wore her trademark saffron attire. Senior BJP leader and spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman and Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur wore saffron. Apparently Sitharaman got to know about her cabinet status only on Monday morning. She got a call from Gujarat Bhawan that she was being given the cabinet berth with independent charge. She wore a saffron saree to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Harsimrat Kaur wore an off white salwar kameez with saffron border and a bright saffron dupatta. She used the bright dupatta to cover her head as she vowed to work for the nation in all honesty. She is the daughter in law of Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal.

Both Gandhi and Heptullah wore green sarees, balancing the saffron. Gandhi was dressed in her usual style with zero make up. She wore a green saree which had small white sequence. Heptullah, 74, who is also the senior most member of cabinet wore a green silk saree with a high collar blouse.

Rajya Sabha MP, who contested and lost of Rahul Gandhi in Amethi has also been giving the cabinet berth. She wore a black blouse and a red saree.The pallu of her saree had floral prints similar to the lotus. Irani, 38, is also the youngest minister in the Modi cabinet.

Amongst women, it was only BJP veteran Sushma Swaraj who came in her usual style. She was dressed in an off white saree with thin golden border and a black half jacket.

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