New Delhi, May 27 (): BJP is now on the move to put the Modi stamp on the party after the cabinet of Narendra Modi was unveiled yesterday. Though RSS did not interfere in cabinet formation,it will definitely play a role in organizational rejig within the BJP.
Many persons in crucial party positions joining the government, starting with BJP president Rajnath Singh’s induction into the Cabinet has set the ball rolling for a new person in the top party position; there are also a few state unit heads who have joined the cabinet and need to be replaced.
Apart from Rajnath Singh, three vice presidents Uma Bharti, Jual Oram and Smriti Irani and three national general secretaries Dharmendra Pradhan, Ananth Kumar and Thawarchand Gehlot have joined the Council of Ministers.
Additionally, party treasurer Piyush Goel, spokespersons Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javadekar have also joined the government.
Given BJP’s long-held policy of one man-one post principle, these organizational heads joining the government makes organizational change necessary at the State and Central level.
Party’s state unit chiefs in Delhi, MP, Assam and Chhattisgarh have joined the government. Though BJP leaders sought to brush aside the party rejig , sources suggested that back channel moves have begun and the potential contenders for these posts have started lobbying. The sources also said that J P Nadda is expected to become party president.
Cabinet formation has created outrage in Rajasthan, where it won all the 25 Lok Sabha seats. BJP party workers and some senior leaders early yesterday were angry when word spread that the state would have no minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ministry.
By afternoon, Nihal Chand, a four-term MP was minister of state (MoS), which was a surprise as this MP never held any position in BJP. The cabinet starting with the PM, for the first time has leaders who have never held a cabinet portfolio before in the Cabinet Committee on Security, the apex decision-making body of the Cabinet.
CCS members have to learn and innovate. CCS has Rajnath Singh, who stood by Modi in BJP over his PM candidature criticism, Sushma Swaraj, who for most of the time opposed Modi as PM, and Arun Jaitley, who backed him at the Delhi BJP HQ for Modi but was always himself on the wrong page with the party hierarchy.
There are no non-politicians in the cabinet list despite BJP hinting on several occasions about roping in technocrats and bureaucrats who have excelled in other fields into the cabinet.