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Former Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar Says Goodbye To Life In Public Service

New Delhi:

Former Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar bowed out from his “18 year stint of public service” today. In a post on X, formerly Twitter, he said he would continue to work for the party as a leader. The post was later deleted.

“Today curtains down on my 18 year stint of public service , of which 3 years i had the privilege to serve with PM @narendramodi ji’s TeamModi2.0. I certainly didnt intend to end my 18 years of public service, as a candidate who lost an Election, but thats how its turned out,” his post read.

“My deepest thanks to all those I met,  all those who supported me – and in particular all those karyakartas and leaders who so inspired and energized me. Thanks also to my colleagues in govt over last 3 years. As a @BJP4India karyakarta, I will continue to support and work in party,” he added.

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Mr Chandrasekhar, who contested from Thiruvananthapuram, failed to unseat Congress’s three-time MP Shashi Tharoor in a very tight race. Mr Tharoor won by 16,077 votes after trailing Mr Chandrasekhar for part of the day.

Mr Tharoor has responded to the post, saying the former minster is young enough to take “another crack” at it.

“Elective office is only one path (and you are young enough to have another crack at that too!) All the best for the future,’ he added.

Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 71 ministers will take oath this evening at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, 30 of them will be part of the cabinet, five will be Ministers of State with Independent Charge and 36 Ministers of State.

The Council of ministers will represent 24 states and all social groups — 27 of them belong to Other Backward Classes, 10 to Scheduled Castes, five to Scheduled Tribes, 5 are from minority communities.

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