The cabinet reshuffle has brought up many questions, the main questions which arises is the dearth of talent in the Bharatiya Janta Party. Modi-led government inducted four former bureaucrats who have little experience about the political arena, have started raising the questions about the reshuffle.
Out of nine, four bureaucrats that were included in Union Cabinet, two are freshers in politics and two are not even members of parliament. Former IAS officer KJ Alphons and former diplomat Hardeep Puri are not even member of parliament and R K Singh and ex-Mumbai police chief Satyapal Singh are first timers in main-line politics.
But they according to some experts they were inducted in the cabinet to bring their expertise which help in governance. The new MoS (Ministers of State) have very little role to play in Cabinet, so how are they suppose to help in the governance.
While these induction of bureaucrats have raised questions about BJP lacking of competent leaders, who can be included in Union Cabinet. These induction also sends a message across BJP that Modi has no faith in parties elected members. It also widens the gap between its allies, the NDA maybe in trouble, with Shiv Sena and JDU left out from the cabinet reshuffle, it might also send wrong signals to its allies.
This might be the big step towards 2022, by the Modi and Amit Shah. Modi and Amit Shah for past three years have side-lined people like L K Advani and Atal Bhiharivajpayee, and now seniors like them are only in guiding committee. Modi and Shah have been taking all important decisions, even side lining BJP’s core group, of party general secretaries and state leaders.
Nobody in the party can take any decision without Modi and Shah. The reshuffle which is supposed to help in governance, but it’s hard to say when only Modi and Shah take all the important decisions.
It is well-known that the all-powerful PMO runs the country and that Modi’s senior most Cabinet colleagues have minimal access to their leader. Bringing in four ex-bureaucrats is an extension of this thought process – that they will be willing to get their hands dirty and deliver on the promises that the PM made to the country in May 2014, when he promised to usher in “Acche Din.”
But there is another powerful message that the Prime Minister – and his chief aide and party president, Amit Shah – are also sending out with the induction of the remaining names. Maybe the new cabinet may seriously bring back ‘Acche Din’ or can also bring up another reshuffle before 2019 elections, only time will tell.