The purpose of the cabinet reshuffle is to win Uttar Pradesh polls 2022 and achieve Mission 2024. With this aim in view, NDA government may deliver governance .
New Delhi [India], July 8: Witnessing that the image of his government is hit during the second wave of coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted 36 new faces and 12 sitting ministers were shown the door. The total strength of the Council of Ministers is now 78, including the Prime Minister, less than the statutory limit of 81.
Key portfolios – including health, law, information and technology and railways – have been given to new ministers and junior ministers who were elevated in the cabinet reshuffle.
The latest reshuffle has boosted the number of cabinet ministers from 21 to 30 and the number of junior ministers from 23 to 45. There are two junior ministers with Independent charge.
The paramount argument behind rejig is to win Assembly elections that are due including the 2022 Uttar pradesh and also the 2024 general elections.The government has been severaly criticised for the ongoing farmers’ protests, nationwide anti-CAA protests, communal riots in Delhi, internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir, the widespread migrant distress due to the COVID induced lockdown and the devastating loss of lives in the second wave and the mismangement, inflation and rampant unemployment.
Implementation of the Hindutva ideology, arguably is also the reason behind the reshuffle and the recent speech by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat “DNA of all Indians are same” signals anxiety.
When BJP came several ideological projects were implemented in states: Law against love jihad,cow slaughter and many other laws including NRC
The government knows that that ideological projects had a governance cost and set off social anxieties.
As the country braces for a third wave of Covid, Mansukh Mandaviya has been given the challenge of leading the containment efforts as the head of the crucial health ministry.
His junior minister will be Dr Bharati Pawar. In addition, he would retain the Ministry of Chemical Fertilizers.
Newcomer Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha, has been given charge of the Railways and IT ministry. An MBA from Wharton School, Pennysylvania University and MTech from IIT Kanpur, he has held leadership roles across major global companies such as General Electric and Siemens.
The crucial Law and Justice ministry has gone to Kiren Rijiju, a law graduate who earlier handled the Youth Affairs and Sports and the Ayush ministry and was also the Minister of State for Minority Affairs.
Jyotiraditya Scindia has been given charge of the Civil aviation ministry at a time the sector is struggling under the Covid onslaught. The ministry was once handled by his father Madhavrao Scindia, who died in a plane crash in 2001.
Ramchandra Prasad Singh of Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United, which joined the PM Modi’s government for the first time, has been made part of the cabinet with the steel portfolio.
Anurag Singh Thakur, who was a junior minister of finance and corporate affairs, has been given charge of the crucial Information and Broadcasting ministry. Additionally, he will handle Youth Affairs and Sports.
Sarbananda Sonowal, the former Chief Minister of Assam who handled the Sports and Youth Affairs ministry in the first NDA government, has been given charge of the Ports, Shipping and Waterways portfolio. He will also handle the Ayush ministry.
The Education Ministry, vacated earlier on Wednesday by Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, has gone to Dharmendra Pradhan.
Meenakshi Lekhi, once the BJP face in the media, will be the Minister of State in External Affairs and the Culture Ministry.
Parshottam Rupala will handle the Dairies and Fisheries portfolios.
Hardeep Singh Puri will be the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Housing and Urban Affairs.
Pashupati Parashas been given the Food Processing portfolio.
The Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Labour and Employment ministries have gone to Bhupender Yadav.
G Kishan Reddy will handle the Culture, tourism and Development of the North Eastern Region portfolios.