India’s Modi drops 12 Prime Ministers in a major remodeling

New Delhi — India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi resigns 12 senior ministers on Wednesday in a major cabinet reform, renewing the government’s image following widespread criticism of the treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic Introduced a young team aimed at.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyar Nishank, Ravi Shankar Prasad Law, Electronics and Information Technology Minister, and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar resigned hours before the reorganization. did.

At a ceremony at the presidential residence on Wednesday, 15 ministers and 28 vice ministers were pledged by President Kovind. Eight vice ministers have been promoted to the cabinet.

The new minister’s portfolio was scheduled to be announced later Wednesday or Thursday.

Modi retained Interior Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Nirmala Sisaraman, and Foreign Minister Subramaniyam Jaishankar.

This is the first cabinet reshuffle since Modi returned to power for the second term in 2019.

The government is facing increasing criticism of its response to the pandemic.

Barudan, who was in charge of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Science and Technology, led the response to the pandemic.

“One clean sweep will remove the senior minister. The government has admitted that these changes have prevented the pandemic from being brutally treated as it should be,” he said. Famous journalist and political analyst Nirangjan Mucopadiyai said.

More than half of the 400,000 coronavirus deaths reported in India (third most in the country) have been reported in the past as delta variants of the virus struck the country and overwhelmed the already tense healthcare system. It happened in two months.

After surpassing 400,000 people a day in May, new cases are on the decline, but authorities are preparing for another possible wave and are trying to increase vaccination.

The remodeling also took place after the defeat of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the April elections in major West Bengal, a test of coping with the pandemic.

Modi faces another major test of popularity in the legislative elections in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand in February and March next year. This could be the party’s high hope in the 2024 national elections.

By Ashok Sharma

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