Jaitley’s way

June 01 2014

Arun Jaitley had the biggest role to play in the giving the present look to Modi’s Cabinet. Jaitley had his own reasons for appointing leaders such as Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan and Piyush Goyal being appointed as ministers of important portfolios. On the other hand, he got away with handing over less important posts to politicians such as Maneka Gandhi, Ananth Kumar, Uma Bharti. Ram Vilas Paswan and Nitin Gadkari. It was initially decided that like the American model, Railways, Civil aviation, Surface transport and shipping will be merged to form one ministry and the portfolio will be handed over to Gadkari. But Jaitley somehow felt that in a diverse country such as India, this strategy might not work quite as well and he was successful in making Sangh’s prominent leaders see his point of view. Thus, Gadkari had to satisfy himself with Surface transport and Shipping.

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