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All the PM's men

In the first major expansion of his 20-month-old Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday inducted 19 new ministers - seven of Cabinet rank and 12 ministers of state - and elevated three ministers of state to the Cabinet level.

Sushil Kumar Shinde was given the power portfolio.

From a humble beginning as a court employee to the office of governor and now into the Union Cabinet, Sushil Kumar Shinde has tread a long and tough journey in his life.

He was a sub-inspector in the Maharashtra police intelligence wing. In 1971, he quit the government job and plunged into politics at the behest of Sharad Pawar, the then rising Congress politician.

He was Congress President Sonia Gandhi's campaign manager in Amethi in 1999. In 2002, he contested the election for the post of vice president of India against National Democratic Alliance's Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and lost.

Despite leading the party to victory in the 2004 assembly polls, he was replaced by Vilasrao Deshmukh and on October 30, 2004, was appointed Andhra Pradesh governor.

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President A P J Abdul Kalam administers the oath to Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

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