Shri Naren­der Modi, Hon'ble Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia, Modi in to­tal Con­trol

The sec­ond reshuf­fle of the Union Coun­cil of Min­is­ters headed by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has come as a pleas­ant sur­prise to po­lit­i­cal pun­dits and the peo­ple.

Business Sphere - - Contents - By Amitabh Sri­vas­tava

In this ex­pan­sion, which in­volved in­duct­ing 19 new min­is­ters and a ma­jor reshuf­fle of port­fo­lios Modi has once again stumped all me­dia spec­u­la­tion by go­ing for a ma­jor surgery in­stead of just an ex­pan­sion to suit the re­quire­ment of Ut­tar Pradesh elec­tions next year as had been sug­gested in me­dia re­ports. The lat­est ex­er­cise makes it ev­i­dent that Modi and his man Fri­day, BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah have a full grip and con­trol over the party and they have the full back­ing of the RSS bosses in Nag­pur. Busi­ness Sphere is proud to men­tion that at least two ma­jor changes that have been af­fected had been sug­gested in the last is­sue in the story on ‘Navrat­nas’ of Modi cab­i­net. One was the con­tro­ver­sial ten­ure of Sm­riti Irani as Min­is­ter for Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment who has been divested of the port­fo­lio and given Tex­tiles in­stead. Her role in the stu­dent un­rest in Hy­der­abad Univer­sity fol­low­ing the sui­cide of re­search scholar Ro­hith Vem­ula and the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity where a fake video of JNUSU Pres­i­dent Kan­haiya was al­leged to have been made by one of her sec­re­taries had cre­ated huge em­bar­rass­ment for the party. The other was Arun Jait­ley who was not tak­ing cog­nizance of the ar­rests and deaths of jour­nal­ists even though he was cab­i­net min­is­ter of the Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing. The port­fo­lio of I and B has been taken away from him and given to Venka­iah Naidu as ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity. Here is the lat­est list of the cab­i­net with the port­fo­lios of Min­is­ters:

Un­for­tu­nately the most non-per­form­ing min­is­ter among the Navrat­nas, Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh, has not been dis­turbed for po­lit­i­cal ex­i­gen­cies. He is not only a for­mer Chief Min­is­ter of Ut­tar Pradesh but was the BJP Pres­i­dent when Modi was cho­sen as the Prime Min­is­te­rial can­di­date. Prakash Javadekar, the new Min­is­ter for Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment is the only min­is­ter who has been pro­moted to cab­i­net rank from a Min­is­ter of State. How­ever, in the process the cru­cial port­fo­lio of En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry has been taken from him and given to Anil Dave a con­fi­dante of RSS. Javadekar had re­cently got into the cross-hairs of Maneka Gandhi an an­i­mal rights ac­tivist when he had or­dered the killing of Nil­gais, ele­phants and a lot of wild life species in many states on the ba­sis of com­plaints from farm­ers whose crops had been dam­aged. One of the wel­come ad­di­tions to the new cab­i­net is the in­clu­sion of prom­i­nent jour­nal­ist M J Ak­bar, spokesper­son of BJP, who has been sworn in as Min­is­ter of State in the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs. He should be an as­set to Sushma Swaraj, who has set an ex­am­ple by her proac­tive role in the Min­istry, es­pe­cially in res­cu­ing stranded In­di­ans in war zones and help­ing those in any kind of trou­ble. A sur­prise in­clu­sion is Vi­jay Goel, a prom­i­nent BJP leader from Delhi who is also a for­mer Pres­i­dent of Delhi Univer­sity Stu­dents Union like Arun Jait­ley, Vi­jay Jolly and Ajay Maken. He has been re­ha­bil­i­tated in the cab­i­net as Min­is­ter of State for Sports. He had been side­lined in the party af­ter Ke­jri­wal dec­i­mated the BJP in the elec­tions to the Delhi Assem­bly. In­ci­den­tally, Goel was the Min­is­ter for Sports, Youth and Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs in the cab­i­net of Atal Be­hari Va­j­payee from 1999 to 2004. Cur­rently a Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber from Ra­jasthan, his in­clu­sion is be­ing seen as a bid to counter Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal, who projects him­self as the big­gest op­po­nent of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in the coun­try. Yet another win­ner in this reshuf­fle is Piyush Goyal, who now gets in­de­pen­dent charge of the Min­istry of Mines in ad­di­tion to Coal, Power and New and Re­new­able En­ergy that he was han­dling ear­lier. And of course the UP fac­tor re­mains im­por­tant. With the in­clu­sion of Kr­ishna Raj, Anupriya Pa­tel of Apna Dal and Ma­hen­dra Pandey , 78 mam­ber cab­i­net of Modi now has 16 min­is­ters from the state that sent 71 MPs plus two from Apna Dal to the Lok Sabha in 2014.

P M Naren­dra Modi shows he is the Boss

Vi­jay Goel

Prakash Javadekar

Arun Jait­ley

M J Ak­bar

Sm­riti Zu­bin Irani

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