Modi Cabinet Reshuffle: After the departure of 12 ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsh Vardhan and Prakash Javadekar from the Union Council of Ministers, speculations are now being made about the political future of these leaders. There is a possibility that some of them may be given important responsibilities in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organization.
In the reshuffle and expansion in the Union Council of Ministers on Wednesday, five leaders holding various responsibilities in the party organization including BJP General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav and National Vice President Annapurna Devi have been made ministers.
Apart from Union Labor and Employment, Yadav has also been made Forest and Environment Minister. At the same time, Annapurna Devi has been made Minister of State for Education. Apart from these two leaders, party’s National Secretary Vishweshwar Tudu, National Spokesperson Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan have been included in the Union Council of Ministers.
Tudu has been given the new responsibility of Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Ministry of Jal Shakti, while Chandrashekhar has been given the responsibility of Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology as well as the Ministry of Skill Development. Murugan has been made Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting along with Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying. At present, he is not even a member of any house, so he must be elected to any house within six months.
The principle of “one person, one post” is applicable in the BJP, so it is believed that the new people in the organization can be given responsibility instead of the leaders inducted in the government. There is a possibility that the leaders who have been expelled from the Union Council of Ministers, including Prasad, Harsh Vardhan and Javadekar, may be given roles in the organisation.
Apart from these three leaders, Thawarchand Gehlot, Santosh Gangwar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Sadananda Gowda, Babul Supriyo, Debashree Choudhary, Sanjay Dhotre, Ratanlal Kataria and Pratapchand Sarangi have also been removed from the council of ministers.
Gehlot has been appointed as the Governor of Karnataka, but with his resignation, the post of Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha has also become vacant. He has also been a Dalit representative for a long time in the parliamentary board, the highest policy-making body of the party.
According to the party constitution, the parliamentary board consists of 10 members in addition to the president. One of the party general secretaries is the secretary of this parliamentary board.
But the current parliamentary board has only seven members. These include BJP President JP Nadda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Organization General Secretary BL Santosh. Three posts are currently vacant in the Parliamentary Board.
At present, the BJP organization has eight general secretaries including Bhupendra Yadav, 12 vice-presidents including Annapurna Devi and 13 secretaries including Tudu. After becoming the president of BJP in January 2020, Nadda formed his team after about eight months.
So far, after the inclusion of leaders holding various responsibilities in the party organization, now there are speculations that new faces can be included in the party organization.
However, when a senior party functionary was contacted in this regard, he only said that “the president has the right to take any decision regarding the appointment of the organization”.
Responsibility will be given in electoral states
Assembly elections are to be held in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur early next year and it is expected that keeping this in view, some leaders including Prasad, Javadekar, Nishank and Harsh Vardhan will be included in the organization and the responsibility of the electoral states. can be given.
Prasad and Javadekar have played important roles in the BJP organization in the past as well. Nishank has also been the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand while Harsh Vardhan has also served as the President of Delhi BJP.
However, out of the 36 new faces who have been included in the Council of Ministers, the maximum seven faces were given place from Uttar Pradesh. After Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka and Maharashtra have got the highest representation. Four MPs each from these states have been given a place in the Council of Ministers.
Three leaders from Gujarat, two each from Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha have been made ministers, while one each from Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Tripura, New Delhi, Assam, Rajasthan, Manipur and Tamil Nadu has got a place in the council of ministers.
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