THE PER­FORMER

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Be­cause he is still seen as one of PM Modi’s most ef­fi­cient min­is­ters, un­der whom, it is claimed, 40,000 km of high­ways have been con­structed since 2014—against 28,000 km dur­ing the UPA-2 rule

Be­cause he draws his in­flu­ence from his prox­im­ity to the RSS top brass

Be­cause he’s per­ceived as a men­sch with friends across par­ties and of­ten plays ice-breaker be­tween the Modi govern­ment and the op­po­si­tion. Sev­eral non-BJP chief min­is­ters have pub­licly ac­knowl­edged his co­op­er­a­tion in the com­ple­tion of devel­op­ment projects

SCOOP OF FUN

When­ever home in Nagpur, he takes time out to treat his neph­ews and nieces to ice-cream

RACHIT GOSWAMI

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