GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 9th July. The resignation of 12 Union Ministers has left their supporters in utter disbelief as they were not expecting that these misters would be removed with such audacity by the government led by prime minister Narendra Modi.
The supporters of these ousted ministers have begun speculating on the new role that that can be given to them either in the party organisation.
After the departure of 12 ministers including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsh Vardhan and Prakash Javadekar, some of them are now likely to be given important responsibility in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organisation. In a reshuffle and expansion of the Union Council of Ministers on Wednesday, five leaders in the party organisation including BJP General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav and National Vice President Annapurna Devi have been made ministers.
Bhupendra Yadav has been made the Union Minister of Forest and Environment besides Labour and Employment. On the other hand, Annapurna Devi has been made minister of state for education. Apart from these two leaders, party National Secretary Visveswar Tudu, national spokesperson Rajeev Chandrashekhar and Tamil Nadu BJP president L Murugan have been inducted into the Union Council of Ministers. The principle of ‘one person, one post’ is in force in the BJP, so it is believed that new people in the organisation may be given responsibility instead of these leaders who have been inducted into the government. It is expected that leaders excluded from the Union Council of Ministers including Prasad, Harsh Vardhan and Javadekar may be given a role in the organisation. Apart from these three leaders, Thaawarchand Gehlot, Santosh Gangwar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Sadanand Gowda, Babul Supriyo, Devshree Chaudhary, Sanjay Dhotre, Ratanlal Kataria and Pratapchand Sarangi have also been removed from the Council of Ministers.
Gehlot has been appointed as the Governor of Karnataka but his resignation has also left the post of Leader of the House vacant in the Rajya Sabha. He has also been a Dalit representative for a long time in the parliamentary board, the party’s highest policy making unit.
According to the party constitution, the Parliamentary Board consists of 10 members in addition to the Chairman. One of the party general secretaries is the secretary of this parliamentary board. But there are only seven members in the present Parliamentary Board. These include BJP President J P Nadda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union General Secretary B L Santosh. Three posts are currently lying vacant in the Parliamentary Board as well. At present, the BJP organisation has eight General Secretaries including Bhupendra Yadav, 12 Vice Presidents including Annapurna Devi and 13 Secretaries including Tudu.
Nadda formed his team nearly eight months after becoming bjp president in January 2020. With the inclusion of leaders in various responsibilities in the party organisation into the government the speculations are rife that new faces may be included in the party organisation. However, when contacted, a senior party functionary said that the President has the right to take any decision on appointment of the organisation. Assembly elections are due in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur early next year and considering that some leaders including Prasad, Javadekar, Nishank and Harsh Vardhan may be included in the organisation and given the responsibility of electoral states. Prasad and Javadekar have played an important role in the BJP organisation in the past. Nishank has also been the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand while HarshVardhan has also served as the President of Delhi BJP. However, out of the 36 new faces inducted into the Council of Ministers, the highest number of seven new ministers from Uttar Pradesh have been accommodated in the government. The four leaders each from West Bengal, Karnataka and Maharashtra have been accommodated in the government in this fresh reshuffle at the central government level. Three leaders each from Gujarat, two each from Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha have been made ministers while Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Tripura, New Delhi, Assam are represented in the government. One leader each from Rajasthan, Manipur and Tamil Nadu have also got a place in the Council of Ministers. Modi government has gone for reshuffle after a detailed consideration of creating a blend of experience and youth to rejuvenate the party workers considering the elections are near, in several states. The caste and regional aspiration have also been the part of the present reshuffle in the cabinet.
GG News Bureau