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Narendra Modi's clear message to his ministers: Perform or perish

Nov 11, 2014 02:24 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted 21 new faces into the Union Council of Ministers on Sunday and gave some of the newcomers important portfolios. Some of the ministers saw a change in their portfolios with a few getting charge of a relatively less important ones than what they were already holding.

While none of the team members who took oath during the earlier wearing-in ceremony in May have been dropped, the message from the Prime Minister to his ministers is load and clear - perform or perish.

Sadananda Gowda seems to be the worst hit in the reshuffle. The former Karnataka chief minister has been replaced by Suresh Prabhu as the Railways Minister. Gowda has been moved to the Law and Justice Ministry.

It is being said that Gowda was not able to provide impetus to the ministry which Modi considers as a key in his scheme of promised deliverables. There had been no tangible progress in a majority of tasks allocated by the Prime Minister's Office for the turnaround of the Railways. He was also bogged down by a controversy related to his son's marriage.

The other Cabinet minister to have been downgraded was Dr Harsh Vardhan. The ENT specialist doctor and former Delhi health minister has been pared down to the low profile Science and Technology Ministry. The reason yet again has been that the pace of work in the Health Ministry over the last five months had been far from satisfactory.

However, some analysts are viewing the decision as a move ahead of the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections as the Bharatiya Janata Party does not have a strong face to take on the Aam Aadmi Party in the state.

Goa strongman Sripad Naik has also been the one to face demotion in the Union Council of Ministers. Though he was a strong claimant to the CM's post in Goa after Manohar Parrikar's elevation in to the Cabinet, his performance as Tourism and Culture Minister ousted him from that race.

He has been moved to the Minister of State (MoS) independent charge of the insignificant AAYUSH department, an adjunct of the Health Ministry.

Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goel seems to be the only MoS with independent charge to have retained his office. The message thus from the Prime Minister is to deliver, either administratively or politically.Priyarag:
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted 21 new faces into the Union Council of Ministers on Sunday and gave some of the newcomers important portfolios. Some of the ministers saw a change in their portfolios with a few getting charge of a relatively less important ones than what they were already holding.

While none of the team members who took oath during the earlier wearing-in ceremony in May have been dropped, the message from the Prime Minister to his ministers is load and clear - perform or perish.

Sadananda Gowda seems to be the worst hit in the reshuffle. The former Karnataka chief minister has been replaced by Suresh Prabhu as the Railways Minister. Gowda has been moved to the Law and Justice Ministry.

It is being said that Gowda was not able to provide impetus to the ministry which Modi considers as a key in his scheme of promised deliverables. There had been no tangible progress in a majority of tasks allocated by the Prime Minister's Office for the turnaround of the Railways. He was also bogged down by a controversy related to his son's marriage.

The other Cabinet minister to have been downgraded was Dr Harsh Vardhan. The ENT specialist doctor and former Delhi health minister has been pared down to the low profile Science and Technology Ministry. The reason yet again has been that the pace of work in the Health Ministry over the last five months had been far from satisfactory.

However, some analysts are viewing the decision as a move ahead of the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections as the Bharatiya Janata Party does not have a strong face to take on the Aam Aadmi Party in the state.

Goa strongman Sripad Naik has also been the one to face demotion in the Union Council of Ministers. Though he was a strong claimant to the CM's post in Goa after Manohar Parrikar's elevation in to the Cabinet, his performance as Tourism and Culture Minister ousted him from that race.

He has been moved to the Minister of State (MoS) independent charge of the insignificant AAYUSH department, an adjunct of the Health Ministry.

Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goel seems to be the only MoS with independent charge to have retained his office. The message thus from the Prime Minister is to deliver, either administratively or politically.