Monday, Oct 03, 2022

Cabinet reshuffle 2021

His Government’s image hit by a crisis of capacity and credibility during the second Covid wave, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 7, 2021 signalled a reset effecting the most sweeping change in his Council of Ministers since he took charge for the first time in 2014. As many as 36 new faces were inducted and 12 sitting ministers were shown the door taking the tally in the Council of Ministers to 78 (including the PM), just a notch short of the statutory limit of 81. The changes mark, arguably, the largest-scale purge in recent times with the Prime Minister divesting six of 23 sitting Cabinet ministers — over one fourth — and one Minister of State (Independent Charge) of their ministerial responsibilities.


Govt holds all-party meeting ahead of Monsoon session of Parliament

July 18, 2021 2:33 pm

Floor leaders of all prominent opposition parties, including Derek O' Brien from TMC, Tiruchi Siva from DMK, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and BSP's Satish Mishra were also present.

Ashwini Vaishnaw: The man in the chair

July 18, 2021 5:58 pm

In the Modi govt’s recent blockbuster reshuffle, the biggest star was Ashwini Vaishnaw, a 50-year-old plucked from relative oblivion to the high seat of Railway, IT ministries. However, for those looking, Vaishnaw has always been around, making a slow and steady rise.

Pankaja urges supporters to withdraw resignations, says ‘not finished, not afraid’

July 13, 2021 8:00 pm

With over 100 office-bearers in Beed and Ahmednagar districts resigning after two-time MP Pritam Munde Khade missed out on a Union berth, her sister and former state MLA Pankaja urged supporters “not to play into the hands of opponents”.

What the recent Council of Ministers reshuffle signals

July 12, 2021 8:07 pm

This is not only about bringing in new energy but also about preparing the next generation of leaders who can shoulder more serious and more challenging responsibilities in times to come

Party poopers

July 12, 2021 7:51 am

Dissidence in BJP state units is also an outcome of its expansion. Party must contend with challenges of growth

Mansukh Mandaviya, Modi’s most important minister

January 02, 2022 2:17 pm

Tavleen Singh writes: Our new Health Minister must begin by first doing what his predecessor never did, which is to acknowledge the enormity of the problem. Then he must take stern action against chief ministers who continue to use denial as a shield.

PM Modi’s new Council of Ministers: 42% have criminal cases, 90% are millionaires

July 15, 2021 9:13 am

The proportion of Union ministers who have declared criminal cases against them has risen by 3 percentage points after the expansion, a report by poll rights group Association for Democratic Reforms stated.

Opposition leaders question Cooperation Ministry: undercuts federalism

July 10, 2021 12:07 pm

They feel the ministry has been created with Gujarat and Maharashtra in mind. In Maharashtra, leaders of the NCP and Congress control most of the cooperatives, including sugar mills.

Karad's induction in Union Cabinet ploy to finish Pankaja’s political career: Sena

July 09, 2021 7:41 pm

Karad’s induction has sparked speculation that the Munde sisters are upset for preferring Karad over Pritam while both hail from the vanjara community, which is one of the prominent groups in OBC.

Fadnavis rubbishes reports of Munde sisters being unhappy over not getting Cabinet berth

July 09, 2021 11:34 am

Two-time MP from Beed Lok Sabha constituency, Pritam was expecting a place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's revamped Cabinet. Pankaja and Pritam are daughters of late union minister and former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Gopinath Munde.


In pictures: PM Modi's new Cabinet assumes charge

July 08, 2021 2:45 pm

In the biggest-ever expansion of the Council of Ministers since he took charge for the first time in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted as many as 36 new faces taking the tally in the Council to 78 (including the PM), just a notch short of the statutory limit of 81.