Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pretty much hit the refresh button with his Cabinet expansion and reshuffle on Tuesday. From Smriti Irani being shifted out to Textiles and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley being divested on Information and Broadcasting, many of the top names in the council of ministers have been affected by the rejig.
There were a few surprises too, like MoS Jayant Sinha being moved to civil aviation from Finance and Sadanand Gowda losing the Law Ministry.
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Modi seems to be banking on getting new minds in and thus infusing a new energy into his Cabinet as the government enters the second leg of its term. This might not be a bad strategy given that at least some ministries have struggle to keep pace with the others or stay clear of controversies.
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Among the few ministers who have not been affected are Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Road Transport and Highways.
Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu. Despite some speculation fuelled by the buzz in the corridors of power, Najma Heptulla will continue as the Minority Affairs Minister.
The biggest promotion clearly is for Prakash Javadekar who will take over HRD ministry from Irani. He was earler MoS independent charge for the Environment Ministry. New entrant Vijay Goel gets independent charge of the Sports Ministry, while S S Ahluwali is MoS Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Parliamentary Affairs.
Overall, the reshuffle seems to be Modi’s way of bringing in “doers and performers who would deliver on his vision of development and good governance”.