Worrisome year for Indian Ministers
2021 in Indian politics has been a worrisome year for leaders like Captain Amrinder Singh, Vijay Rupani, BS Yediyurappa and other CMs. All these CMs lost their posts as their central leadership prepare for the upcoming election.
It was seen that Modi rose to power in 2014 promising to supersize the Gujarat model that brought him to national prominence. His 14 years running that western state morphed Modi into a folk hero. On his watch, Gujarat often produced growth faster than the national average, fewer regulations, better infrastructure, and less corruption. Voters elected Modi to bring those policies to New Delhi as well.
More than a dozen ministers are from poll-bound states such as Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat representing different castes and regional communities, a dominant factor in India’s electoral politics. However, we see a different state when it comes to elected ministers.
Four members from southern Karnataka state were added to the cabinet, including millionaire media mogul Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Shobha Karandlaje. Karandlaje has several police cases filed against her over her allegedly anti-Muslim remarks.
But the expansion witnessed the shock exit of Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is the minister for law and justice and information technology, and Prakash Javadekar, who is the minister for information and broadcasting, environment and climate change.
Although Prasad and Javadekar, were seen as faces of the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government, and that they would handle party work ahead of the key state elections. Seven Indian states are due to hold elections next year, six of them currently ruled by the BJP. They include Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, Gujarat and Punjab. Earlier this year the BJP suffered a major setback when it failed to wrest power in the important eastern state of West Bengal from a high-profile Modi critic. Many analysts believe it is so because of poor handling of the pandemic by Modi.