Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with senior ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari on Monday as part of an exercise to review and assess each ministry’s governance record and ministers’ performance.
J P Nadda, the president of the BJP, attended the meetings at the Prime Minister’s residence. Last week, the Prime Minister met with various ministers for several hours to assess the performance of their respective ministries.
According to sources, he met with ministers in groups and has had no one-on-one meetings.
The meetings take place as there is talk of a cabinet reshuffle. Modi met with BJP general secretaries earlier this month for five hours, during which he discussed the party’s performance in the recently held Assembly elections and suggested next steps for the party.
This was followed by unstructured sessions with the ministers. These meetings were held in person, as opposed to his weekly cabinet meetings, which were held virtually.
The exercise is also important because the party is preparing for Assembly elections in five states next year.
The meeting also takes place against the backdrop of criticism directed at the government’s handling of the pandemic’s second wave.