As a signal of his gratitude towards party cadres who toiled hard during the election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have issued an informal direction to party ministers to desist from unilateral political appointments under their jurisdiction.
A party source revealed that ministers have been told that political appointments will be done in a structured fashion in consultation with the organisation. For this purpose, Modi is likely to meet party’s organisational leaders over couple of days to seek their suggestions about eligible persons among the party cadres who should be considered for political appointments, the source said. “That means ministers will now have to prepare a list of political vacancies and eligibility conditions for discussions within the party.”
Party leaders appeared favourably disposed towards this informal direction, saying that otherwise it caused heartburn among genuine supporters who are left out because of ministers’ unilateral decisions to make appointments of their personal choice.
The leaders suggested that this rule may also apply to ministers from alliance partners. Another party source said the PM has also advised ministers against putting pressure on their fellow ministers for their constituency or region-specific demands.
The directions have come in the backdrop of government’s directive against the appointment of relatives by ministers as their personal staff without following a due procedure, leading to nepotism and tarnishing the image of the party.