Will match up with the expectations of PM Modi: Dharmendra Pradhan, Naqvi


Summary: New Union minister of state for woman and child development Virendra Kumar Khatik (63), who comes from a humble background used to fix punctured bicycle tubes at his father's shop in his childhood. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strived to instil the four Ps - passion, proficiency, professional and political acumen - in his refurbished team. The new appointments were exclusively done on the basis of the report cards of the ministers or this is what the party claims. "Many of them also bring rich administrative and governance experience", they said.

Following the reshuffle in the Modi Cabinet, BJP Party President Amit Shah is also planning to make some changes in the party's organisational setup.

Jaitley said the allocations were made based on competence and who would perform well in which ministry. BJP national secretaries Srikant Sharma, SN Singh and Mahendra Singh are ministers in the UP government and going by the single post norm, they could be replaced from their party positions.

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"Some central office-bearers may be given new responsibilities or asked to hand over charge of some assignments to another leader soon", a senior BJP leader said. Having served as BJP general secretary and vice-president before he was drafted into the government, the Cabinet rank is being seen as recognition for Naqvi's steadfast commitment to the party.

The latest reshuffle confirms the pattern set more than a decade ago, during NDA-I, when the BJP's first-generation leadership, under Vajpayee and Advani, promoted the next set, including Sushma Swaraj, Pramod Mahajan, Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar and Modi.