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Real winners of the reshuffle

New responsibilities for the finance minister and the home minister indicate the government's focus on privatisation and cooperatives

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privatisation | cooperative governance | Cabinet reshuffle

A K Bhattacharya  |  New Delhi 



A K Bhattacharya

A week has gone by since Prime Minister effected his biggest ministerial reshuffle in his seven-year-long tenure in South Block. A 45 per cent increase in the size of the Union Council of Ministers in one stroke is almost unprecedented — with its strength going up from 53 to 77, excluding the prime minister. About a dozen existing ministers were dropped earlier on July 7, making way for the expansion as well as promotion of about half a dozen ministers of state to Cabinet rank. Even after this massive reshuffle, Mr Modi has room for three more ministers as the size of his Council could be as large as 81 ministers, or 15 per cent of the total strength of the Lok Sabha.

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First Published: Tue, July 13 2021. 22:31 IST

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