NDA Allies Eye Power: BJP Ministers at Risk of Ouster from Modi Cabinet

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The recent Lok Sabha elections have brought about a significant shift in India’s political landscape, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the largest party in the parliament, albeit falling short of a clear majority on its own. However, with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) securing a clear majority of 292 seats, the stage is set for a reshuffle in the Modi 3.0 cabinet.

Current Political Landscape

As per the election results, the BJP has secured 240 seats, while its coalition partner NDA has a comfortable majority. On the opposition front, the Congress party has garnered 99 seats, with other parties claiming 234 seats collectively. In light of these results, the composition of the new cabinet under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to undergo significant changes.

Impending Reshuffle: Ministries Under Scrutiny

Among the key areas of contention are the ministries of Home, Finance, Road, and Railways, currently held by BJP MPs. However, in the forthcoming Modi 3.0 cabinet, these portfolios may be up for grabs by NDA allies. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Janata Dal United (JDU) are anticipated to stake their claim in these crucial ministries, either as cabinet or state ministers.

Ministerial Portfolios at Stake

Nitin Gadkari, the incumbent Road Transport Minister, finds his position under scrutiny, while the chair of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla may face uncertainty. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s portfolio could witness changes, potentially leading to the redistribution of ministerial roles between BJP and its allies.

NDA Allies Eye Key Portfolios

It is speculated that NDA allies may seek partnership in ministries such as Health, Agriculture, and Defense. With JDU securing 12 seats and TDP clinching 16 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, these parties are poised to negotiate their share of ministerial posts.

Focus on Home Affairs and Defense

Given the strategic importance of ministries like Home Affairs and Defense, allies are vying for a greater role in decision-making within these departments. The Ministry of Home Affairs oversees crucial agencies like Income Tax, Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and Intelligence Bureau (IB), making it a coveted portfolio for potential allies.

Potential Reallocation of Ministerial Roles

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh may be assigned alternative responsibilities in the new cabinet lineup. While the Home Ministry is expected to retain Amit Shah as its head, the allocation of Minister of State positions to allies remains a point of negotiation.

Challenges Amidst Ministerial Vacancies

With the loss of Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’ and Nishith Pramanik, two out of three Ministers of State in the Union Home Ministry from the previous cabinet, Amit Shah faces the task of forging new alliances to fill these vacancies.

Demands for Speaker’s Chair and Ministry Portfolios

Reports suggest that both TDP and JDU may press for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, further intensifying the negotiations. Disputes may also arise over the Ministry of Road Transport and Railways, with TDP and JDU expressing specific interests in these portfolios.

Coalition Dynamics and Ministerial Allotments

The evolving dynamics within the NDA coalition are expected to shape the distribution of ministerial portfolios, with demands coming from various regional parties. Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), and Shiv Sena are among the contenders seeking representation in the central government.

As the Modi 3.0 cabinet takes shape, the reallocation of ministerial roles and the inclusion of NDA allies are set to redefine the political landscape of India. With negotiations underway and alliances being forged, the distribution of power within the government reflects the complexities of coalition politics in the country.

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