This Week, Cabinet Rework, Covid Controls On Coming Polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to revamp his Council, a move that will address governance issues during the Covid and the imperatives of future state elections, more than two years following the second term, sources say.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to revamp his Council, a move that will address governance issues during the pandemic and the imperatives of future state elections, more than two years following the second term, sources say.

The Cabinet revision may take place later this week before the Parliamentary Monsoon Session, which is scheduled to take place on 19 July, while no official confirmation is provided.

Specifically after the Premier started an assessment of the performance of key ministries last month, the rework has been subject to considerable speculation.

In the course of this, he met several senior ministers and leaders of the party last month. BJP President J P Nadda was present at many of these meetings.

The second wave of the pandemic that the government has criticised for alleging its failure to handle the situation, Party sources say, will be as important as the forthcoming parliamentary elections in particular in Uttar Pradesh, which were politically important.

With the BJP UP State Unit in disturbance at the government’s alleged failure to manage Covid and a section of political leaders who are speaking out against the Government of Yogi Adityanath, It is assumed that the BJP leadership is eager for a “balancing act” during restructuring of the Council.

The political situation also should be considered for the purposes of the final list of Ministers in other polling states, such as Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur and Goa.

The party sources stated that the rehabilitation process could also be influenced by political developments over the past two years.

The Modi Government is expected to have a place on Jyotiraditya Scindia, who with nearly two dozen MLAs of the Congress joined the BJP and Sarbananda Sonowal which was replaced by Himanta Biswa Sarma as Assam’s Chief Minister.

The current strength of Modi’s Council of Ministers is 53 and the PM will likely induce about a dozen other ministers, although Modi can have up to 81 members in its government, (15% of the strength of Lok Sabha).

Since the NDA had left the Prime Minister and the BJP since 2019, it is anticipated that with at least two allies — Shiv Sena and SAD — the coalition partners will have more space in the Council.

The original choice of JD(U), while expressing its desire to join the government, is expected to include LJP.

It would be interesting to find out who is in government from the party with an infight in the LJP after five of its six MPs have taken away Chirag Paswan, son of the late Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan, as leader of the Lok Sabha.

The Uttar Pradesh ally of BJP Apna Dal should also be in power. The Prime Minister spoke to his Council of Ministries on 30 June, asking them to work hard so that a third wave of the pandemic does not occur, urging them to counter allegations of opposition to government pandemic management.

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