- In the first cabinet expansion of Modi 2.0, 36 new faces got place, 7 ministers promoted
- Maximum 7 new ministers were made from UP, 4 new ministers from Maharashtra, Karnataka and West Bengal
- The age of 8 of the new ministers is 50 years or less, now the average age of Team Modi is 58 years
- 7 women also got place, special focus on electoral states, along with regional balance, allies were also simplified
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a chance to many youths in the first expansion of the Council of Ministers of his second term. Special care has been taken of the electoral states in the expansion of the Council of Ministers. Apart from this, it has also given representation to coalition partners like JDU, LJP and Apna Dal. In the expansion of the Council of Ministers, efforts have been made to address the regional to caste equations, while those with administrative experience have also been given place. Come, let’s see the special things of the Modi Council of Ministers expansion-
Out of the new 36 ministers included in the Modi Council of Ministers, 8 are those who are below 50 years of age. Nishith Pramanik, who became a first-time MP from Cooch Behar, West Bengal, is the youngest minister. His age is only 35 years. At the same time, Shantanu Thakur, who became MP for the first time from Bangaon in Bengal, is 38 years old. He accompanied PM Modi on his Bangladesh tour during the Bengal Assembly elections. Apart from these, Jyotiraditya Scindia (50), Ashwini Vaishnav (50), Anupriya Patel (40), Bharti Praveen Pawar (42), Jan Barla (45) and L. Murugan (44) is 50 years of age or less. After the expansion of the Council of Ministers, now the average age of Team Modi has become 58 years.
Special focus on electoral states
In the expansion of the Council of Ministers, special focus has been placed on those states where assembly elections are going to be held next year. Assembly elections are due in UP, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa next year. In the expansion of the Council of Ministers, maximum 7 new faces have been kept from UP itself. Among them, Pankaj Chaudhary, MP from Maharajganj, Kaushal Kishor, MP from Mohanlalganj, MP SP Singh Baghel from Agra, Ajay Mishra, MP from Kheri, Khas of East CM Kalyan Singh and Rajya Sabha MP BL Verma and MP from Jalaun Bhanu Pratap Verma have also been given place. . Apart from this, BJP ally Apna Dal (S) chief and Mirzapur MP Anupriya Patel has also been given a chance again at the Centre.
No new face from Punjab has joined the council of ministers but Hardeep Puri has been promoted. Similarly, Ajay Bhatt from Uttarakhand has been given place. In this way, after the resignation of Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, a new minister has been made from the state. Manipur also has elections next year. From there, an attempt has been made to improve the local political mathematics by including Rajkumar Ranjan Singh in the Council of Ministers.
Several ministers from Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat
Four new ministers have been made from West Bengal, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Apart from this, 3 more ministers have got place from Gujarat. This shows how serious the BJP is about Bengal. Babul Supriyo and Deboshree Chowdhury are also from Bengal who resigned from the council of ministers before the extension. In Maharashtra too, BJP is trying to increase its strength after separating from Shiv Sena. At the same time, BJP has also taken special care of Karnataka, its only fort in the south. 3 new ministers have been made from PM Modi’s home state Gujarat.
sway the allies
After the death of Ram Vilas Paswan, Ramdas Athawale was the only non-BJP minister in the Modi Council of Ministers. But in the cabinet expansion, BJP has tried to give Modi cabinet the form of ‘NDA cabinet’ by giving place to RCP Singh from JDU, Pashupati Paras of LJP rebel faction and Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal (S) in UP.
In the Modi Council of Ministers, an attempt has been made to bring about regional balance. Efforts have been made to give representation from Hindi heartland to Northeast, West to East India and South India. In the south, apart from 4 ministers from Karnataka, L.K. from Tamil Nadu. Murugan has also been made a minister. Murugan is not a member of either House of Parliament. He may be sent to the Rajya Sabha for the rest of the term on the seat that fell vacant after the resignation of Thawar Chand Gehlot. Gehlot’s Rajya Sabha tenure was till 2024.
former chief minister
Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane and former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal have been given place in the Modi cabinet.
One of the new ministers is not a member of either House of Parliament.
44 years old L. Murugan is the President of Tamil Nadu BJP. He has got a place in the Modi Council of Ministers. He is the only one among the new ministers who are neither members of the Lok Sabha nor of the Rajya Sabha. Before joining politics, he practiced in the Madras High Court. From 2017 to 2020, he was the Deputy Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes. He may be sent to the Rajya Sabha for the rest of the term on the seat that fell vacant after the resignation of Thawar Chand Gehlot. Gehlot’s Rajya Sabha tenure was till 2024.
increased participation of women
7 women have also been given place in the Modi Council of Ministers expansion. These include Meenakshi Lekhi, Anupriya Patel, Annapurna Devi, Bharti Praveen Pawar, Pratima Bhowmik, Darshana Vikram Jardosh and Shobha Karandlaje. In this way, now the number of women ministers in Team Modi has increased to 11.
Administrative experience and professionals also have a place
RCP Singh became a minister from JDU quota and BJP MP from Odisha Ashwini Vaishnav has been a bureaucrat. Before joining RCP politics, he was the principal secretary to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. At the same time, Ashwini Vaishnav has been an IAS officer of 1994 batch. Apart from this, the new ministers have 4 MBBS/MS. Some of the new faces have done PhD while some have done BTech, MTech, Law and MBA. In this way, Team Modi now includes 13 lawyers, 6 doctors, 5 engineers, 7 bureaucrats, 7 PhD and 3 MBA degree holders.