Modi may have small Cabinet
Narendra Modi May Have Small Cabinet. Known for his \"iron-fist\" governance style, Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi is likely to have a smaller cabinet, which he could then monitor closely, say those aware of his working style.
A majority of 282 seats for BJP also means there will be no ally pressure for ministerial berths
Those working in Gujarat Govt say that Narendra Modi always wanted ‘minimum government, maximum governance’, clearly indicating that his Cabint will not be big
New Delhi: Known for his "iron-fist" governance style, Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi is likely to have a smaller cabinet, which he could then monitor closely, say those aware of his working style.
As hectic parleys go on over portfolio distributions, a BJP leader close to the Gujarat chief minister pointed out that it has been clear since campaign days that Modi's cabinet will be smaller.
"He has always said 'minimum government, maximum governance', that is the clearest indicator that his cabinet will not be big," the senior BJP leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IANS.
A thumping majority with 282 seats for BJP also means there will be no ally pressure for ministerial berths, points out another party leader. Saurabh Patel, a minister in Modi-led Gujarat government, who is known to be close to Modi, said the BJP leader's style is of setting up systems and taking complete responsibility. "It is always pleasant working with such a dynamic leader. He believes in taking complete responsibility," Patel told IANS over phone from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
"He forms a system, makes transparent policies and ensures that everything is within a framework. It is this discipline that is his speciality," said the Gujarat minister who holds a number of portfolios including energy, finance, industries, petrochemicals, minerals and civil aviation.
Modi "trusts the people he works with", and has the capability of "getting the best out of people", noted Patel. "He is not known to give any special favours," he added.
Another BJP leader, who did not want to be named, said, "A smaller cabinet, and more control, is what is expected... It is Modi's governance model. He would have his eye on all ministries." He also pointed out that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee monitored all ministries closely. Patel meanwhile said that it would be wrong to say that Modi keeps a "watch" over all departments, and insisted he "reviewed key programmes and policies from time to time".
Dinesh Shukla, senior political analyst and former professor of political science at Gujarat University, who also taught Modi in the university, however, said that Modi's "one-man show" style of functioning may not work in Delhi. "In Gujarat it was a one-man show for Modi, but in Delhi, the situation will be different. It will be difficult to function that way, he will need to change his style a bit," Shukla told IANS.
"He will have to take everyone along, and it seems at the moment that he is taking everyone along. Whatever will be the situation, it will be clear in a day or two," Shukla said. "Modi is a seasoned politician, he can adjust well," he added.
While the BJP remains tight-lipped over the distribution of portfolios, informed sources have indicated that party leaders like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, and Nitin Gadkari are likely to get some key ministries.
20 Oct 2019 10:28 AM GMT