Is it the burden of the coalition or Modi's willpower? The mood of the new government became clear at the swearing-in ceremony itself

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Narendra Modi has become the Prime Minister of India for the third consecutive time. On Sunday, he took oath as the Prime Minister at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Along with Modi, 71 ministers also took the oath of office and secrecy in the ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. These include 30 cabinet ministers, 5 ministers with independent charge and 36 ministers of state. Mostly old faces have got a place in the new government. But in Modi Government 3.0, NDA allies have also got a chance in the cabinet. Almost every state is represented in the new cabinet. Two ministers have been made from Kerala, ministers have also been made from Punjab. This shows that the government's focus is on Kerala and Punjab and why not, the lotus has bloomed in Kerala for the first time. BJP's vote share in Punjab increased from 9 percent to 18 percent.

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Sabka Saath: Modi cabinet takes full care of social equations

In Modi Government 3.0, full care was taken of social equations. After the Prime Minister, Rajnath Singh was sworn in first, then Amit Shah, then Nitin Gadkari and then JP Nadda. After Nadda, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, then Nirmala Sitharaman, then S Jaishankar and then Manohar Lal Khattar took oath. Among the allies, HD Kumaraswamy of JDS was the first to take oath. Out of the 71 ministers sworn in the NDA government, 27 are from OBC, 10 from SC, 5 from ST and 5 from minority community. However, no Muslim has become a minister. There will be representation of women in Modi Government 3.0. 2 women have been included as cabinet ministers. This includes Jharkhand MP Annapurna Devi and Rajya Sabha MP Nirmala Sitharaman. At the same time, there are 4 women among the state ministers. This includes Anupriya Patel, Shobha Karandlaje, Raksha Khadse of Apna Dal and Savitri Thakur, Nimuben Bambhiya of BJP.

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Modi 3.0 is not burdened by coalition

The cabinet of Modi Government 3.0 has given the message that there is no political compulsion of alliance on the government. Out of Modi's 71 ministers, more than 60 are from BJP. Apart from this, there is also a possibility that BJP will get a place in the top-4 cabinet of the government. The government had offered ministerial posts to NCP, but due to the tussle within NCP, a decision could not be taken on this. BJP also did not focus much on this. The same was the case with JDU and TDP. Although there were also reports that the alliance would have to give big ministerial posts, but this did not happen.

Here, Congress also took a dig and shared a post from its social media account in which it was said that 'this time there will be a government with crutches.' But Modi 3.0 made it clear that his old style will remain intact in the new government as well.

Trust in the names tried in the third term

In Modi Government 3.0, trust has been expressed on many tried and tested names. Earlier, it was being speculated that Narendra Modi can form a completely new team in his third term. He can give a new team at the government level. But, political compulsion was seen in the swearing-in of 71 ministers. In the 10-year rule, there were only 14 ministers who were ministers in all three tenures of PM Modi. The names that were common in all three tenures are – Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Jitendra Singh, Rao Indrajit Singh, Mansukh Mandaviya, Kiren Rijiju, Sarbananda Sonowal, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Anupriya Patel, Hardeep Puri and Dharmendra Pradhan. Now it will be interesting to see whether the ministers within the BJP will repeat their old ministries or not.

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He was made a minister even after losing the election

In the new government, PM Modi has also included some ministers who lost the Lok Sabha elections. The most surprising names are considered to be BJP candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana, Punjab and L Murugan, candidate from Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. Ravneet Singh Bittu, grandson of former Punjab CM Beant Singh, left the Congress and joined the BJP just before the elections. L Murugan, who was a minister of state in the Modi government, lost to DMK's A Raja. Modi has given a message to Punjab and the southern states by giving place to both of them in the cabinet. It is believed that keeping in mind the future politics, BJP has bet on a Jat Sikh face in Punjab despite losing, this move may benefit the BJP in Punjab.

Who all got eliminated?

Anurag Thakur, Smriti Irani, Arjun Munda, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Narayan Rane, Purushottam Rupala, RK Singh, who have been Union ministers so far, did not get a place this time. Anurag Thakur has won the election from Himachal, Narayan Rane from Maharashtra and Purushottam Rupala from Gujarat. There was a lot of controversy over a statement by Rupala during the election and Rajput organizations opened a front against him. While Smriti Irani defeated Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in 2019, this time she has lost the election from Amethi. Arjun Munda, Mahendra Nath Pandey and RK Singh also could not win the election. Rajiv Chandrashekhar, who was a minister of state in the previous government, also did not get a place in the government. He contested against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor from Kerala but lost in a close contest.

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The average age of the cabinet is 59 years

The average age of Modi Government 3.0 is 59 years. Last time this average age was 61 years, but in the cabinet expansion in 2021 it was reduced to 58 years. This time the oldest minister is 79-year-old Jitan Ram Manjhi, while the youngest are 36-year-old K Ram Mohan Naidu of TDP and 37-year-old Raksha Khadse of BJP. About a dozen faces in his government, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are 70 years or older.

Women and youth faces in the government

This time a balance of youth and women was seen in the Modi government. However, women did not get much participation. About 15 of these women are 50 years of age or less. Young faces include K Ram Mohan Naidu, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Savitri Thakur, Shantanu Thakur, L Murugan, Kamlesh Paswan, Raksha Khadse, Satish Dubey, Rajbhushan Chaudhary Nishad, Jitin Prasad, Jayant Chaudhary, Chandrashekhar Pemmasamy, Chirag Paswan, Mansukh Mandaviya. Most of them are connected to the ground and have reached here with their hard work and struggle. About six women were able to make a place in the government, which is not even 10 percent of the total ministers. Among these, Nirmala Sitharaman, Shobha Karandlaje, Anupriya Patel have got a chance again. Three-time MP Raksha Khadse, Savitri Thakur and Annapurna Devi are prominent among those who became ministers in the government for the first time.

When the lotus bloomed in Kerala, the BJP worked even harder

For the first time, BJP has won a Lok Sabha seat in Kerala. Suresh Gopi won from Thrissur and was included in the cabinet. L Murugan from Kerala has also been made a minister. By making two ministers from Kerala, BJP has made it clear that its entire focus is on Kerala. Apart from this, representatives from other states of South India have also been included in Modi Government 3.0. In the NDA Parliamentary Party meeting, Modi said that NDA has strengthened its base in South India. This has also been taken care of in the cabinet division. 1 from Andhra Pradesh, 3 from Karnataka, Nirmala Sitharaman, L Murugan from Tamil Nadu have been made ministers. Two ministers have been made from Telangana, G Kishan Reddy and Bandi Sanjay. Bandi Sanjay was earlier the state president of Telangana but he was removed and brought into the national team.

Modi's special dress

Renowned industrialists, film stars and other famous people attended the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi, who became the Prime Minister for the third consecutive time. Along with this, workers associated with the construction of Central Vista, sanitation workers, beneficiaries of the schemes of the previous Modi government and Modi's election proposer from Varanasi also reached this historic occasion. Modi came to the swearing-in ceremony wearing a white kurta, churidar pyjama and blue jacket. While taking oath as PM for the first time in 2014, Modi wore a cream-colored linen kurta-pyjama and a beige golden colored jacket. In 2019 also Modi took oath in similar attire.

sanitation workers and beneficiaries

Apart from 90 employees of the Central Vista Redevelopment Project, 30 sanitation workers from the MCD and some government hospitals were also present at the swearing-in ceremony. Apart from Modi's election proponents from Varanasi, 50 people from the transgender community were specially invited to the ceremony. Also, people associated with Vikas Bharat and Namo App as well as some people who participated in the 'Mann Ki Baat' program were also invited to the ceremony. Apart from these, many social media influencers supporting the BJP were also present.

(With inputs from Poonam Pandey, Narendra Mishra, Manjari Chaturvedi)

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