Debate: What Are the Key Takeaways from the New Modi Cabinet?
Narendra Modi and his 57 council of ministers were sworn-in for a second consecutive term with over 8,000 people in attendance at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday, 30 May.
Along with the 57 cabinet ministers, 9 Ministers of State (independent charge) and 24 Ministers of State under them also took oath.
In a conversation with BloombergQuint’s Harsha Subramaniam, Editorial Director at Quintillion Media Sanjay Pugalia, said the cabinet is a reflection of an aggressive, all-encompassing diplomacy of Modi one is likely to see in the next five years.
BJP President Amit Shah who spearheaded BJP's campaigning is the most important new induction in the cabinet, along with former foreign secretary S Jaishankar.
Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, JP Nadda, Suresh Prabhu, Maneka Gandhi, Rajyavardhan Rathore and Mahesh Sharma are among the notable omissions in the BJP-led NDA's second innings.
“Most old ministers are back, so there is a strong continuity message as far as the senior cabinet ministers are concerned. Piyush Goyal to Javadekar to Ravi Shankar Prasad to Smriti Irani...The new ministers are younger with the background of ABVP,” Pugalia said.
Further, Pugalia said, the allocation of cabinet berth indicates that it is all about expanding the BJP base. “The politics so far was that there is a Reddy party, Yadav Party, Jat party, Maratha party. That balancing has been done at a large scale,” Pugalia said.
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