Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a new-look cabinet on Sunday. Nine ministers - Shiv Pratap Shukla, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Virendra Kumar, Anantkumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Satya Pal Singh and Alphons Kannanthanam were inducted into Cabinet 3.0.This is quite possibly the last reshuffle before the 2019 parliamentary elections.
It's likely that upcoming Assembly polls have also been taken into consideration ahead of the rejig. To understand why today's much-anticipated reshuffle is so important, read our comprehensive five-part analysis. And here's a list of bios of all the men who're expected to join the Cabinet.
The NDA's choices show a certain blend of political considerations, and how the Modi government seemingly wants to improve its delivery mechanism. The political considerations, however, don't seem to be in play as much as they were in 2014, when Modi first came to power.
The first cabinet had a number of hard-core politicians who may not necessarily have been suited to the portfolios they were assigned. However, three years after Modi was elected on an overwhelming mandate, the government likely does not have any elbow room left. It's perform or perish - for Modi's ministers and for Modi himself.
Source: India Today