Updated June 10th, 2024 at 20:25 IST

Nitin Gadkari Retains Road, Transport and Highways Ministry in Modi 3.0 Cabinet

Nitin Gadkari has retained the Road, Transport and Highways Ministry as portfolios were allocated to newly-inducted Council of Ministers in the Modi Cabinet.

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Nitin Gadkari has retained the Road, Transport and Highways Ministry in the Modi 3.0 Cabinet. | Image:Grab
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New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari has retained the Road, Transport and Highways Ministry for the third consecutive term as portfolios were allocated to the newly-inducted Council of Ministers in the Modi 3.0 Cabinet on Monday, Republic has learnt. 

The 67-year-old leader from Nagpur in Maharashtra, popularly referred to as the 'Highway Man of India', has been the longest serving road transport & highways minister.

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Gadkari is credited with the construction of more than 54,858 km of national highways in the country in the last 10 years.

Under his leadership, the road ministry aims to complete the construction of 1,386-km Delhi-Mumbai Express by December this year.

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The former BJP president – closely associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – has won three consecutive times from the Nagpur seat, which houses the RSS headquarters.

On Sunday, he was inducted into the NDA government as a cabinet minister.

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Gadkari's foray into national politics happened in 2009 when he was appointed the BJP president.

Since 2014, when Gadkari made his debut in the Lok Sabha polls from Nagpur and became a minister at the Centre, he has handled several portfolios like the micro, small and medium enterprises, shipping, water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, rural development and panchayati raj.

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He served as a member of the Maharashtra legislative council from the Nagpur Graduates' constituency from 1989 to 2014.

He became a state minister for the first time in 1995 and held charge of the Public Works Department (PWD).

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During the period, he worked for getting all-weather roads constructed in the state and containing the problem of malnutrition in the Melghat area of Vidarbha region.

The Mumbai-Pune Expressway and 54 flyovers in the Maharashtra capital were constructed during his tenure as a state minister.

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The Bandra-Worli Sea Link was also conceived during Gadkari's tenure as the PWD minister.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published June 10th, 2024 at 18:48 IST