As Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertakes his first cabinet expansion since coming to power in May 2019, several high-profile names have been dropped from the new Council of Ministers.
The most significant resignation concerns that of the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. His removal is understood to be the fallout of the failure of the Health Ministry to prevent the second wave of COVID-19 in the country. The health crisis badly affected the government’s image and caused significant damage to the Indian economy. His deputy Ashwani Chaube has also been dropped from the Council of Ministers.
Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
He served as the Minister of Education and tendered his resignation on Wednesday. His ill health coupled with the then prime minister’s dissatisfaction over the ministry’s handling of the CBSE board exam crisis is understood to be the prime reasons for his removal.
Ravi Shankar Prasad
Prasad held a number of posts including the Ministry of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology. His failure to get Twitter to agree to the new IT rules is understood to be the reason for his removal
Santosh Kumar Gangwar
The migrant labour crisis of 2020 after the imposition of lockdown became a big headache for the government and caused damage to PM Modi’s carefully crafted “pro-poor” image. This could have been a factor behind the removal of Union Labour and Employment minister, Santosh Kumar Gangwar.
The Member of Parliament from West Bengal, Babul Supriyo, lost by a huge margin of 50,000 votes in the recently held assembly elections in West Bengal. The BJP’s failure to come to power in the state is understood to be the reason for his removal. He served as the Minister of State for Environment.
He served multiple portfolios in the current government the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. He is a Rajya Sabha member for the BJP and also served as the government’s spokesperson.
D.V. Sadananda Gowda
An MP from the Bangalore North constituency, Gowda was the Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers in the second term of the Modi government. Previously, he had hold positions like the minister of Railways, Law, Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Thawarchand Gehlot is an important BJP leader belonging to the SC community. His resignation from the cabinet was confirmed yesterday when he was appointed as the new Governor of Karnataka. He headed the Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment since 2014.
62-year-old Sanjay Dhotre served as the Minister of State for education before his resignation. He is a Lok Sabha member representing the Akola constituency of Maharashtra.
Rattan Lal Kataria
Kataria handled the portfolio of Ministry of Jal Shakti and Social Justice & Empowerment as a Minister for State. He was earlier the president of BJP’s Haryana unit from 2000 to 2003.
Pratap Chandra Sarangi
An MP from Odisha’s Balasore constituency, Pratap Chandra Sarangi served as the minister of state for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, and the MSME ministry. He was asked to resign on Wednesday morning ahead of the Modu government’s cabinet expansion.
Chaudhari was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2019 from the Raiganj constituency in West Bengal. she held the portfolio of the Minister of State for Women and Child Development.