It is a bonanza for four southern states, which together garnered exactly one third of the total 78 ministerial berths in the Manmohan Singh [ Images ] ministry.
Kerala and Karnataka followed Tamil Nadu with six ministers each while Andhra Pradesh is represented by four ministers. The lone MP from Pondicherry, V Narayanaswamy, was included as a Minister of State.
Kerala was rewarded with six ministers for sending 16 UPA MPs. The Ministers from Kerala included A K Antony, Vayalar Ravi, Shashi Tharoor [ Images ], Mullapally Ramachandran, K V Thomas [ Images ] (all Congress) and E Ahamed [ Images ] (Muslim League).
Last time, no UPA MPs won from Kerala, but this time 16 were elected. Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh were a study in contrast in the number of ministers.
The BJP-ruled Karnataka sent only six UPA MPs but it managed to get six ministers while while Andhra, which recorded a spectacular victory by winning 33 seats, got only four ministers.
Those who won Singh's trust from the state included S M Krishna [ Images ], Veerappa Moily [ Images ], Mallikarjun Kharge [ Images ] while from Andhra, S Jaipal Reddy [ Images ] was among the ministers.