New Delhi: With the massive restructuring of his Council of Ministers on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi send out a stern message to his party colleagues that controversy is no substitute for good work.
To prove his point, PM Modi not only removed his one-time hand-picked high-profile Smriti Irani as Union HRD Minister but also drooped Ram Shanker Katheria, Minister of State (HRD) for crossing the 'Laxman Rrekha'.
Not only this, PM Modi shifted Irani to a low-profile Textiles Ministry.
Here are the key takeaways from PM Modi's Cabinet reshuffle:- .
No place for low-key performers: PM Modi rewarded top performers while high-profile ministers who were seen as slack or speaking out of turn were either demoted or dropped.
Alarm bell for veterans: PM Modi did not touch bigwigs but send out a clear message to heavyweights that it is time to deliver. Signal that performance, not perceived proximity, is what matters.
Wider focus: PM Modi's choice reflects desire for faster results in priority areas like education, rural sector, sanitation, broadband connectivity, etc. With the government approaching the halfway mark, delivery in thrust areas will be key.
Balancing act: PM Modi seems to have done a fine balancing act by inducting ministers from poll-bound states like UP although he inducted several others from MP, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Karnataka.
Caste factor: The inclusion of OBC leader like Anupriya Patel and Mahendra Nath Pandey indicates that community considerations have also been acknowledged in this Union Cabinet expansion.
Team work matters: PM Modi's advice to his newly inducted ministers to get back to to work soon is enough to understand that he wants his colleagues to work as a team and deliver.