After winning the Hindi heartland of Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand and forming the government in 3 other states, the BJP has already started planning for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. According to media reports, PM Modi may do some major reshuffling in his cabinet once the parliament session is over. One major decision can be taken over the Defence Ministry which is currently held by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley took over after defence Minister Manohar Parrikar headed back to Goa to take over as CM.

While a new defence minister is expected to be named, there may be a few surprises as well. If the reports are to be believed current Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj can be replaced by the Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje. Even though Sushma Swaraj was one of the most efficient ministers in PM Modi’s cabinet, her recent health issues could be one of the reasons for the switch. Swaraj also created a special place in the hearts of the people as she was easily approachable. But, her recent absence from the parliament due to health reasons, have been a cause of concern. If the move does take place, then OM Mathur can replace Vasundhara Raje as the new CM of Rajasthan.

The party is also expected to promote some new and young faces as part of their future strategy. The 75 year old Union Cabinet Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Kalraj singh can be one of the leaders who might have to make way for Manoj Sinha, who was one of the leading contenders for the UP CM’s post. It was reported earlier that Sinha was not a happy man when Yogi Adityanath was given charge of Uttar Pradesh, ahead of him.

After the win in UP, BJP president Amit Shah said that he wants to take the party roots in states that are dominated by regional parties. Keeping in mind, the upcoming state elections in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Chattisgarh & Rajasthan, some new faces can only be introduced in the cabinet and alliance partner, Shiv Sena may get one ministry too. These decisions will also help BJP’s chances ahead of the President  & Vice-President elections. More news is awaited.


Alok Shetty

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