The opposition parties, Congress and Aam Admi Party (AAP) launched a scathing attack on the ruling government’s decision for a cabinet reshuffle. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce major changes in his cabinet on July 5.
Congress leader Tom Vadakkan dubbed it to be a ‘futile exercise’ and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should instead shift his focus on the non-performing ministers, while maintaining that the sinking ship at the cabinet was making superficial changes in an attempt to garner votes for the upcoming assembly polls. “Reshuffle should be about merits and performance…There are ministries, whose performance is much wanting and the Prime Minister should focus on that instead of trying to showcase and do cosmetic changes to garner votes,” he said.
In sync with Vadakkan’s statement, AAP leader Ashutosh also trained guns at the BJP-led NDA Government and said that nothing would happen by bringing in cosmetic changes as the ruling dispensation has been a complete failure. “Modi’s government is a sinking ship. The BJP is a losing party. How much ever colour, cosmetics they apply or cosmetic surgery they do, their true face is known to the people. They are a big failure; they have been unsuccessful on all issues. Neither in UP nor in any other state are they going to make any difference,” Ashutosh said.
The Prime Minister has been carrying out meetings for the cabinet reshuffle with senior party colleagues including BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Home MinisterRajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
The upcoming assembly polls in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana are the pivotalk points of the reshuffle and speculations are rife that two new faces from Uttar Pradesh are likely to be inducted. Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi are set to be promoted owing to their splendid performances in the past few months.
Apart from this the two major tasks will be the filing up of vacancies and deciding over the below 75 age criteria for the membership of the council. Reports suggest that Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel, Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityananth and Etah MP Rajvir Singh are likely to be inducted in the Cabinet. Inclusion of a member of Shiv Sena is also being rumoured.
According to the Constitution, the total number of ministers in the Council of Ministers must not exceed 15 percent of the total number of members of the Lok Sabha i.e. 82.