PM Modi, or rather NDA’s third, probably final and a mega reshuffle and expansion of the Cabinet saddles up in the party’s unspoken yet immediate priorities to poll-up for the race-run of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Non-performers exited, part continuity imbued and high-premium placed as new ministers – all this rather sums up into super strategic politics so that the best of Modi’s heroes can saddle up for the 2019 race. Modi didn’t just reshuffle the Cabinet on Sunday, but it was expanded to 76 members – making the set go jumbo Cabinet as a feature of Indian governance system. Generally, the reason for a jumbo team is to accommodate all political allies in Cabinet for a politically amalgamated governance system – that is surly no reason for Modi; it is rather a muscle built to stand the next election – a BJP reshuffle, rather than NDA reshuffle.
As the part of probably the final major change before elections 2019, nine new ministers took oaths on Sunday – for better governance, and more importantly a mega victory. From Nirmala Sitharaman who became the new defence minister, only second women to hold the post in India after Indira Gandhi – to Piyush Goyal who will replace Suresh Prabhu as Railway Minister. Apart from the two, the new ministers who are part of Modi’s new team include: K.J. Alphons Kannanthanam for Ministry of Tourism and MoS for Ministry of Electronics and IT, Hardeep Singh Puri for Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs, Raj Kumar Singh as Minister of Power and MoS for Ministry of new and renewable energy, Satya Pal Singh as Minister of HRD and MoS for ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation. Then comes Minister of Skill development and Entrepreneurship – Anant Kumar Hegde, Virendra Kumar as MoS of women and child development and minority affairs, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as MoS in the ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, and Shiv Pratap Shukla as MoS for Ministry of Finance.
The introduction of new faces into force includes a large number of bureaucrats and technocrats so that they would ‘deliver’ efficiently. With still over two years on hand, the party is already poll gearing up by displaying Modi’s and Amit Shah’s innovation and boldness in taking ‘actions’ – by dropping half-a-dozen non-performers and picking never-seen-before faces. Some might spectate this move, and the new force will surely deliver, because elections are coming – the election allure begins.