Cabinet Reshuffle: Know Who Went Out And Who Came In?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inducted 19 new ministers into his cabinet to further strengthen his administration. Five ministers also resigned to make way for the new entrants as the council of ministers can have a maximum of 82 members. With the new inductions, Modiís council of ministers stands at 78.
Who resigned to make way?
Nihal Chand (Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers)
Ram Shankar Katheria (MoS, Human Resource Development)
Sanwar Lal Jat (Union minister of state, Water Resources)
Masukhbhai D Vasva (Union minister for tribal affairs)
MK Kundariya (MoS for Agriculture), all of them belonging to the BJP.
The new Ministers:
Modi government promoted Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to Cabinet rank. The other 19 new ministers are as follows:
MJ Akbar: BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh
SS Ahluwalia: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling
Ramesh Chandappa Jigjinagi: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Bijapur
Parshottam Rupala: BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat
Anil Madhav Dave: BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh
Arjun Ram Meghwal: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Bikaner
Vijay Goel: BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan
Rajen Gohain: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Nawgong
Mahendra Nath Pandey: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Chandauli
CR Chaudhary: BJP MP from Nagaur
PP Chaudhary: BJP MP from Pali
Ramdas Athawale: RPI Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra
Subhash Ramrao Bhamre: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Dhule
Jaswant Sinh Bhabhor: BJP MP from Dahod
Mansukh Mandaviya: BJP Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat
Faggan Singh Kulaste: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Mandla
Ajay Tamta, BJP Lok Sabha MP from Almora
Anupriya Singh Patel, Apna Dal MP from Mirzapur
Krishna Raj, BJP MP from ShahjahanpuCabinet Reshuffle Ė Who went out? Who came in? NDA Overshoots UPAís Cabinet Size
The reshuffle goes against the initial promise of minimum government as the size of the cabinet has overshot the size of the UPA cabinet who were criticized for it. The government initially started on a high note, keeping minimum number of people as ministers. However, the cabinet grew by size as more people were inducted under various responsibilities.
Strategically, the NDA government has given ministry positions to representatives of the backward classes that will obviously play a crucial part in the upcoming elections in states like Uttar Pradesh.
The questions remain Ė is bigger cabinet an inevitable feature of Indian government which canít be done away with ? Or it is just about political will?