Hours earlier than the scheduled Cabinet growth got here the primary shock within the kind of resignation of Union well being minister Harshvardhan and his deputy Ashwini Choubey.
Though it was PM Modi who was strategising and spearheading the struggle in opposition to Covid, the well being minister was the face and his ministry the nodal level for all Union actions.
Harsh Vardhan’s comment “We are in the end game of the Covid-19 pandemic in India” in March 2021, days earlier than the extreme second wave struck the nation grew to become an enormous embarrassment for him in addition to the federal government.
It mirrored how the Union authorities was caught fully unawares concerning the impending catastrophe.
Ravi Shankar Prasad was one other excessive-profile minister to be dropped from the Union Cabinet. While it might be tough to guess any particular cause for his sacking, the minister’s dealing with of the brand new IT guidelines recently had run into controversy. His bitter run-ins with the social media platform Twitter over the problem could not have helped his trigger.
Another shock exit from the Union Cabinet was Prakash Javadekar, who was a key spokesperson defending the occasion and the governnment for years at numerous boards. The comfortable-spoken minister was the face of Cabinet briefings and sometimes introduced key coverage choices taken by the federal government.
Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, the training minister within the Modi Cabinet until now, has additionally been unnoticed. Possibly the problem of confusion over vital examination dates for Class twelfth college students because of the pandemic could have contributed in direction of his exit.
Yesterday, social justice and empowerment minister Thaawarchand Gehlot had resigned from the Cabinet after he was made the governor of Karnataka.
Besides these leaders, chemical compounds and fertilisers minister D V Sadananda Gowda, labour minister Santosh Gangwar, minister of state for training Sanjay Dhotre, minister of state for girls and baby growth Debasree Chaudhuri, minister of state for Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria and minister of state for setting Babul Supriyo have been additionally dropped from the Union Cabinet.
Babul Supriyo took to the Facebook to say that he was “asked to resign”. He additionally mentioned that “he was sad”. However, as an afterthought, the BJP MP from Bengal quickly added a correction saying “he had resigned”. To say that “he had been asked to resign” was not right, he added.
(With inputs from companies)
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