Narendra Modi indicates ‘unprecedented’ changes in ministry formation

Modi says has downsized; Rajnath set for meaty portfolio, Advani, Joshi may stay out.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 26, 2014 9:53 am

In a statement and tweets issued late on Sunday night, on the eve of his swearing-in, prime minister-designate Narendra Modi indicated “unprecedented” changes in ministry formation, with “the top layers downsized”.

“Focus is on convergence in the activities of various ministries where one Cabinet minister will be heading a cluster of ministries working in complementary sectors,” the statement said, reasoning that it was necessary for Modi’s dictum of ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance’.

“Mr Modi is eventually aiming at Smart Governance where the top layers of government will be downsized and there would be expansion at the grass-root level,” said the statement issued from Gujarat Bhawan, also providing an official account of deliberations over the last few days on government formation.

Though the statement did not spell out the ministries that would be clubbed together, there were indications of Overseas Affairs and Foreign Trade coming under External Affairs; Environment, Forest and Earth Sciences and Water Resources coming together; Energy bringing in Power, Petroleum and Unconventional Energy; Agriculture covering Food Processing and Food and Public Distribution; and Transport clubbing Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, among others.

While the clubbing of ministries may dash the hopes of many, some leaders that looked set to join the Modi Cabinet on Monday were BJP president Rajnath Singh, and senior leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari.

While party sources remained tightlipped on Rajnath’s portfolio, the BJP president is likely to get Home Affairs, bringing him into the powerful Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). There may be no truncation of the Home Affairs Ministry, as had earlier been speculated would happen.

Sources also suggested that while the party believes in the “one man one post” principle, Rajnath will continue to be the BJP chief for some time till the name of his replacement is finalised.

While L K Advani is certain to remain out of the government, there are indications that another party elder, Murli Manohar Joshi, may not find place in the Modi Cabinet either. Sources said Joshi could be made the Lok Sabha Speaker, though senior party MPs Kariya Munda and Sumitra Mahajan are also contenders for the post.

Former Union minister Arun Shourie may get a prominent ministry, while senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad could find a place in the government too.

Jaitley and Amit Shah met both senior RSS functionary Suresh Soni and Modi separately on Sunday to finetune the list of ministers.

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, an NDA partner, called on Modi at Gujarat Bhawan. TDP sources suggested that party MP from Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) Ashok Gajapati Raju would be sworn in as a Cabinet minister.

The Maharashtra BJP has urged Modi to incorporate their alliance partners from the state into the Council of Ministers given the Assembly elections in six months. Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete’s name is gaining ground in this regard.

The other alliance partners in contention are Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party leader Upendra Kushwaha.

The statement from Gujarat Bhawan said Modi was aware of the “high expectations” of the people. “For whole four days, he was busy with formation of the ministry and discussing various alternatives to (ensure) effective governance, convergence and coordination between various ministries,” it said.

“Earlier, there was political instability and multi-party governments and ministry formation was almost done in a bifurcated manner,” the statement said, adding that Modi had tried in a rational manner to club like-minded departments in such a way so as to “convert the entity of the assembled ministry to an organic entity”.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. S
    ShivajiMarathaPatriot
    May 26, 2014 at 5:31 am
    There will be many disappointed netas
    Reply
    1. A
      Abhishek Kumar
      May 26, 2014 at 10:34 am
      BJP's intolerance towards criticism has started manifesting. Those who spoke against the party are now being targeted.
      Reply
      1. A
        Abhishek Kumar
        May 26, 2014 at 10:35 am
        Bowing to parliament and calling it temple of democracy does not make much sense when BJP has allowed 35% criminals in that temple.
        Reply
        1. A
          Abhishek Kumar
          May 26, 2014 at 10:34 am
          Govt shd make Public the money that the state exchequer wld be spending on today's event including hosting of foreign guests.
          Reply
          1. A
            Abhishek Kumar
            May 26, 2014 at 10:34 am
            In a strange coincidence, AAP leaders have started quitting the party after the results of Lok Sabha Election 2014 has been announced. It raises a strong doubt about some possible nexus between the AAP members and BJP leaders. Though BJP leaders were very vocal about AAP’s alleged tie-up with Congress, but now it is quite clear that AAP is actually the B-Team for BJP.
            Reply
            1. A
              Abhishek Kumar
              May 26, 2014 at 10:34 am
              It's a fight of Ideology and we can never let secularism of our nation at stake VHP compares Modi to Prithviraj Chauhan: He will restore Hindutva rule.
              Reply
              1. A
                Abhishek Kumar
                May 26, 2014 at 10:34 am
                The irony would attend its own funeral when Nawaz Sharif, Rajpakshe, Shaikh Haseena and Narendra Modi will discuss plight of minorities in their respective nations.
                Reply
                1. A
                  Awakenmedia
                  May 26, 2014 at 1:17 am
                  MAY YOU BE EVER HAPPY, WELL AND SECUREMAY YOU LIVE LONG!MAY ALL SENTIENT AND NON-SENTIENT BEINGS BE EVER HAPPY!MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE CALM, QUIET, ALERT,ATTENTIVE AND EQUANIMITY MIND WITH A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING THATEVERYTHING IS CHANGING!ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES FIXINGS 2014 LOK SABHA ELECTIONSUNTIL ALL FRADULENT EVMs are REPLACED with TAMPER PROOF ONES as ORDERED by SUPERIOR COURTOutcome of the May 2014 General Elections in India.Hackers made hay in May!From J.ChandrasekharanScheduled caste668 5A Main Road,8th Cross, HAL 3rd Stage,Bangalore-560075Karnataka StateIndiaMob:9449260443Email:chandrasekhara.tipitaka@gmail:sarvajan.ambedkarTo ,Honourable Chief JusticeSupreme Court of IndiaTilak Marg,New Delhi-110 001 (India)PABX NOS.23388922-24,23388942-44,FAX NOS.23381508,23381584,23384336/23384533/23384447supremecourt@nicHon'ble Sir,Sub: REQUEST to the Supreme Court of India to S the 2014 LOK SABHA which ped the order of putting new VVAT voting machines in use in a “phased manner”, that has unwittingly shirked its duty and committed a grave error of judgment that dealt a fatal blow to Indian democracy in general and me a Scheduled Caste and my other ST. OBCs, Minorities and poor upper caste brothern in particular, if RSS's BJP's Narendra Modi is allowed to become the PRIME MINISTER on 29-05-2014 with this fradulent EVMs. It should order, that till the time this newer set of about 1300000 voting machines is manufactured in full and so deplo throughout India, ballot paper system should be brought in to re conduct the elections. Anal also take action on RSSs Mr. Mohan Bagawath, a brahmin who says there should not be any reservation on the basis of castes which is against Consutional provision for SC/STs CEC Mr. .Sampath, a brahmin responsible for asking EVMs to be replaced in instalments created EVM Fixing and Mr. Narendra Modi who has violated all silas who is unfit to contest any elections. He was responsible for killing large number of human beings in 2002 Gujarat riots, H:go.microsoft/fwlin... is not revealing his caste while claiming to be a Backwartd caste though he is a Baniya. He suppressed the fact that he was married and became the Chief Minister of Gujarat, He spent huge amount for his election campaign.These three persons because of their caste background developed hatred, anger, intolerance, irritation, bias, dominating atude, delusion towards Sarva samaj i.e., all societies in general and SC/STs and Muslims who converted from SC/STs in general. This is nothing but defilement of the mind that needs mental treatment in mental asylum. Not as Prime Minister or CEC or in any violent stealth Cult by booking them under Untouchability and POA, the SC/ST Act, the Prevention of Atrocities Act.I, J.Chandrasekharan S/O Late Shri. M.Jagatheesan (Retd. Chairman, Bench Court, Mayo hall, Bangalore), R etd. Sr.Manager(Design), ARDC, HAL, Bangalore, Secretary General All India SC/ST Employees and Officers n. and President, HAL SC/ST and Safai Workers Multipurpose Cooperative Society wish to bring to your kind notice the following for your favourable orders.When all the doors for SC/STs employees in Govt. and PSUs were closed, Manyawar Kanshiramji.s BSP came as a boon for the majority of the society and the political reform helped Ms Maywati to become Chief Minister for four times. Now the fradulant EVMs are preventing her to win even a single seat preventing Sarvajan Hitaye Sarvajan Sukhaye i.e., for the welfare nad happiness of the entire society.It has been conclusively proved to the satisfaction of the Hon'ble Supreme Court that Indian EVMs ARE tamperable.The process of elections is the most sacrosanct duty in a Republic which ECI should carry out with utmost diligence. Caesar's wife should be above suion. Free and fair polls should not only be ensured but APPEAR to be ensured to the satisfaction of the votersdia first tested EVMs in a by-election in 1982, but the machines were first deplo on a large scale of over 1 million in a general election in 2004 2010, security researcher Hari Prasad and his ociates released a video that they said demonstrated vulnerabilities in the EVMs, after hacking an EVM that had already been used in an election.Prasad and his team replaced the display board of the machine with a look-alike component that could be instructed through a Bluetooth connection on a mobile phone to steal a percentage of the votes in favor of a chosen candidate. The researchers also used a pocket-size device that could be attached to the memory of the EVM to change the votes stored in the machine during the period between the election and the public counting session.The Supreme Court has in its ruling this week asked the government to provide the financial istance required by the Election Commission to roll out the EVMs. It has not set out a schedule for the full deployment of EVMs with the paper trail.:articles.economictimes....American scientists 'hack' into Indian voting machinesLONDON: India's voting machines - considered to be among the world's most tamperproof - can be hacked, American scientists claim.Researchers at the University of Michigan connected a home-made device to a voting machine and successfully changed results by sending text messages from a mobile."We made an imitation display board that looks almost exactly like the real display in the machines. But underneath some of the components of the board, we hide a microprocessor and a Bluetooth radio," the BBC quoted Prof J Alex Halderman, who led the project, as saying.He added: "Our lookalike display board intercepts the vote totals that the machine is trying to display and replaces them with dishonest totals - basically whatever the bad guy wants to show up at the end of the election."Moreover, they added a small microprocessor, which they say can change the votes stored in the machine between the election and the vote-counting session.No one’s right mind would yet allow the use of absolutely antiquated, completely out-dated, easily hack-able and highly tamper-able “high school technology” based, obsolete EVMs (electronic voting machines) in national elections, but it was used now — in 2014More than 80 democracies in the world have simply done away with them, dumping them in the trash, or simply declared the usage of this simplistic voting system susceptible to fraud, and hence declaring the same as illegal — as the Supreme Courts of Germany and Holland indeed have done. Even an, from where EVMs originated, has long abandoned its rogue babies, and is using paper ballot system since then. All the advanced democracies in the West, except the most dull-headed ones, have reverted to a voter verifiable system or the ballot paper. In Canada, even at the ,most basic school level, ballot paper voting is in use.Last year, the Supreme Court of India, having been convinced of an undeniable, edible possibility of EVMs getting tampered with and that easily hacked — even from afar — had ordered the imbecilic Election Commission and the indolent Government of India to provide about 1600 crore (1600, 0000000) rupees — convert this into your respective currency! — for manufacturing these VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) voting machines; which show a verifiable paper receipt to the voter.This is the Fundamental Right of a citizen of India, as per the laws laid down by the Consution. However, recent newspaper reports tell us that only 20, 000 such voting machines have been provided for the entire country in this, 2014 election! India has 29 states now — with Telagana being the latest. In most of them, depending upon their size etc., either about 400 VVPAT machines are being deplo, or some such similar ridiculous number — more or less — has been made available in the length and breadth of the country. It’s an asinine, bland, cruel, demeaning joke we 1.25 billion voters have been “blessed” with by the powers that be.All “patriotic” hackers including the Chief Election Commission Mr. Sampath, RSS Chief Mr. Mohan Bagawath BJP Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi of our motherland made hay in May!As to how EVMs can be hacked into, tampered with, and results favorably manited via software interference and other means — from near and from far, far away — this can easily be found by anybody by just going to Google etc. and filling “EVM HACKING, TAMPERING” or something to this effect in the Search. And lo, behold! a plethora of information will just overwhelm your overly chilled-out, lesser emplo, un-billed brains.However, the only solace for us naive fools is that quite a few unscrupulous politicians and every other most “honorable” political party worthy of its “salt”, would surely be playing this comic-tragic game of hacking into and hijacking the votes of a billion people! Thus, one who outsmarts the other such fine folks, armed with their hacking forks in this merry-go-around, will win.The rest — this or that “tsunami” or wave in favor of one or the other, poll forecasts and the “newbie”, the over enthused, seeming game changers in the making — well, have fallen flat on their dumb faces.That the Supreme Court of India too, while ping the order of putting new VVAT voting machines in use in a “phased manner”, has unwittingly shirked its duty. In fact, it committed a grave error of judgment. Perhaps dealt a fatal blow to Indian democracy. It should have ordered, as a caution, that till the time this newer set of about 1300ooo voting machines is manufactured in full and so deplo throughout India, ballot paper system would be brought in.The somewhat notorious lawyer who had brought in this case — of the present lot of EVMs being tamper-able and hack-able — and, who, had successfully fought it so, forcing the Supreme Court to order the installation of a fail-safe voting mechanism (of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit machines replacing the susceptible earlier Electronic Voting Machines) to ensure a free and fair electoral process in India — this-very honorable fellow too has fallen silent, like a demure maiden. This most vociferous gentleman had openly declared on social websites, especially Twitter, that in case VVPAT machines do not get installed in time for 2014 elections, then, there would be a “consutional crisis” — putting it out there like an Indian “pehalwan”, a la WWW wrestler, that he would challenge the same in the apex court. He had most emphatically underlined he would ensure that either the new fail-safe voting machines or the old time-tested paper ballot system will be put in use during this general election in India. However, recently, when asked specifically on Twitter about this matter — as to what this lovely man is doing or is going to do about this impending doomsday electoral scenario — there was a deafening silence from his side. May be owing to the fact that since the Supreme Court judgement late last year, this self-righteous rightist has joined the ultra-rightist political bandwagon.The latter has been projected by pollsters to overwhelmingly sweep these elections — as a direct result of the doings of the monstrous public relations firm hired from the land of the let-it-be, oops! free. This US firm is the same that was used fruitfully by President Bush and Hillary Clinton for their respective political campaigns. It has — let there be no doubt about it — successfully projected its client as the potential winner and the next numero uno in Indian politics.What the majority of the Indians have missed in fine print is that the outgoing Chief Minister of the state of Rajasthan, in the last year elections, had officially filed a complaint with the election commission that the EVMs used in his state were pre-programmed and tampered with — and that the same had come from the state of which this presently hyped-up future Prime Minister of India, is the current Chief Minister. Now, the lawyer who had gone to the dogs to awaken India and the rest of the world about the mischief and malfeasance possible with the old model of EVMs — and had in fact written a book on this subject — is in a wink-wink deep-throat “smadhi”. A silence that speaks truths we dumb billion s on this part of slippery earth cannot fathom. Perhaps it’s a precursor of the things to come.Let us hope the jolly good hackers of this-that party -up each other’s devilish, outright evil plans. In a dog eat dog political pit we hapless billion creatures have to walk through every election, maybe this time the ape sitting by the side — the wide-e hopeful citizen of India — at least gets a tiny part of the apple pie this messy hacking cat fight will leave behind, on the side lanes. Perhaps these little crumbs will be enough for us to stay afloat. though not gloat a nuts, simply put, BJP “out-hacked” the other, thinks it has won.Then again, RSS's BJP believing in a cult of more than 33, 0000000 gods and goddesses — some civilized, others not so civil.There is no hope that one of these fancied deities will have a soft corner for us Sarva Samaj i.e., the entire society. Otherwise, we are going to get ed. A billion times over.Therefore, many made doubly sure they did not vote. I sat on my on voting day —The Hon'ble must follow the above orders to free us from living in afool’s paradise.Long live the banana republic of India!ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES FIXING'FIXING' Indian Lok Sabha electionsComputer Business Review appeared more certain with the "How Google search results influenced elections" headline for its version of the story, the Guardian reported."……Google changed its course, it undermined people's trust in its results and company."A press release put out on 13 May by the American Insute for Behavioral Research and Technology, an independent research organisation based in California created a furore around the topic when it released a report headlined "Could Google have fixed the Lok Sabha elections? A landmark new study in India shows it's possible," the report added. (ANI):mattersindia/google...Google Search threatens democracy: StudyPublished: 9:31 am, May 15, 2014 Story By: mattersindiaA threat to democracyWashington: As India eagerly awaits the outcome of the just concluded general elections, a study by an American insute says the real threat to democracy comes from an unexpected corner: Google Search.Google search results can pose a real threat to democracy as it could swing a close election by influencing the voting preferences of undecided voters, wars the American Insute for Behavioral Research and Technology in California that studied more than 2,000 undecided voters throughout India.The study conducted in recent weeks suggests that Google has the power to fix elections “without anyone being the wiser.” This is possible because of the power that search rankings have on people’s opinions, the researchers said.Studies show that the higher the rank, the more people trust the result, which is why companies are spending billions now to push their products higher.“So could highly-ranked search results that make Arvind Kejriwal look better than Narendra Modi drive votes to Kejriwal?” the researchers set out to determine, The Times of India reported research conducted last year in the US, researchers found that search rankings biased in favor of a candidate could push the preferences of undecided voters towards that candidate by 15 percent or more.The researchers have shown that votes can easily be pushed toward one candidate or another by about 12 percent — double that amount in some demographic groups — enough to determine the outcomes of many close races.“This is a very serious matter — a real threat to democracy,” said Dr Robert Epstein, lead researcher in the study and Senior Research Psychologist at the American insute.“If two candidates were both trying to push their rankings higher, they would be competing, and that’s fine. But if Google, which has a monopoly on search in India, were to favor one candidate, it could easily put that candidate in office by maniting search rankings, and no one could counter what they were doing.“Even if without human intervention the company’s search algorithm favored one candidate, thousands of votes would still be driven to that candidate,” said Epstein the new study, partints were omly igned to groups in which search rankings favored either Kejriwal, Rahul hi, or Modi.Real search rankings and web pages were used, and people were asked to research all the candidates just as they would on Google. The only difference between the groups was the order in which the search results were displa.The new study suggests that biased search rankings can be used to fix the outcome of races in India in which the winner is projected to win by a margin up to 2.9 percent.This can be done just by influencing undecided voters who use the internet — a small but important group of voters that is sure to grow in coming years, researchers said.Worldwide, the researchers said, upwards of 25 percent of national elections are won by margins under 3 percent.The study also shows that certain demographic groups are especially vulnerable.The voting preferences of 19 percent of women over 35 were shifted in the study, as were the voting preferences of 18 percent of voters who were unemplo.“Of particular concern is the fact that 99 percent of the people in our study seemed to be unaware that the search rankings they saw were biased. That means Google has the power to manite elections without anyone suspecting they’re doing so,” said Epstein.“To prevent undue influence, election-related search rankings need to be regulated and monitored, as well as subjected to equal-time rules,” Epstein said.With great difficulty I tried to do e-filing:sc-efiling.nic/sc-ef...(which is not referred in the SUPREME COURT web) of the above case.but could do only registration.Unable to attach ID. Will keep trying, Until I succeed. I have sent the above grievance directly with a request to all democracy loving people in all the 80 countries to follow suit. And request the Chief Justice of Superior Courts to make this site easily accessible to all.
                  Reply
                  1. Load More Comments