Indian Prime Minister Modi reshuffles cabinet to bolster his position

Indian Prime Minister Modi reshuffles cabinet to bolster his position

Narendra Modi is expected to reshuffle his Union Council today; it will be the third such shakeup since 2014. The move comes almost a year and a half before the next federal elections. Amid sluggish economic growth, the manoeuvre is an attempt to display effective governance by minimising inefficiencies. This will entail cutting or merging certain

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Narendra Modi is expected to reshuffle his Union Council today; it will be the third such shakeup since 2014.

The move comes almost a year and a half before the next federal elections. Amid sluggish economic growth, the manoeuvre is an attempt to display effective governance by minimising inefficiencies. This will entail cutting or merging certain ministerial positions and filling vacant portfolios, like environment and urban development. Five ministers of state have already offered resignations, making way for changes.

The reshuffle will also solidify and reward the loyalties of some new additions to the National Democratic Alliance- the coalition headed by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As such, parties like the Janata Dal and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will likely be awarded cabinet positions.

BJP President Amit Shah has set lofty goals for his party in the upcoming elections, promising it will win over 350 out of 545 lower house seats in the 2019 elections. By reaping the benefits of a reshuffle, the Modi government, which already enjoys high approval ratings, could very well see that goal achieved.