Manmohan Singh’s changes to his cabinet – Helping India or Congress party ?

31 Oct

Manmohan Sonia Rahul - Saving CongressPrime Minister Manmohan Singh gave his cabinet a face lift on Sunday(Oct 28, 2012). Promoting/Demoting ministers, bringing in younger ministers in a bid to breathe new life into his aged scandal-tainted government ahead of 2014 state and Lok Sabha elections.

Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi termed the reshuffle in the Union Cabinet as a “meaningful change” giving representation to both youth and experience and hoped it will further “improve” the functioning of the government.

How should the Indian citizens see these changes, are they really for our benefit  Do the Congress led UPA really cares about people sentiments? Are they really serious to fight against corrouption?

Here are few questionable decisions after the cabinet reshuffle and we leave it open for people to decide if it was really meant for people or for the benefit of Congress party:

1. Salman Khurshid, who was the Law Minister, took charge as the External Affairs Minister despite allegations of corruption. A clear indication of the confidence he is enjoying of the government and the party. This will further add Salman Khurshid to the list of India’s all-powerful Cabinet committee on security which is
headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has defence minister AK Antony, finance minister P Chidambaram and home minister Sushilkumar Shinde as the other members. Is this move to get the votes of minority community in 2014? Is congress taking the issue of corrouption lightly?

2. Jaipal reddy was shunted as the Petroleum Minister and made the Science and Technology Minister. Many allege that Jaipal Reddy has been removed for pleasing Reliance. It is very much clear that the government is unhappy with the manner in which Mr. Reddy worked. Surely Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man would have loved this decision. Will this move by government help the party funds for forthcoming 2014 elections?

3. Congress’s loyal spokesperson Manish Tewari was promoted as the Information And Broadcast Minister replacing Ambika Soni. At a time when questions are being raised on whether or not media should be regulated? Is this move to get support of media and citizens who so far have been very unhappy with government’s stand on media regulation?

4. The UPA has also roped in more faces(six) from Andhra Pradesh at a time when it is grappling from the Telangana agitation.Two of the new faces are from Telangana, Sarve Satyanarayana and Balram Naik. Congress so far had faced lot of heat on Telangana issue and the success of YSR congress in this year by-election proves that Congress has no chance to win Andhra Pradesh in 2014. By adding six ministers which includes a movie superstar turned-politician Chiranjeevi from AP, is congress trying to placate the demand for the separate statehood of Telangana and win some votes in 2014?

5. The Congress also made sure that it replied to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s walkout from the UPA in a strong manner. Two of the TMC chief’s strongest political opponents have been elevated to the cabinet. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as minister of state for railways and Deepa Dasmunsi as minister of state for urban development have been inducted into the Cabinet.

6. The logic of adding young ministers to the cabinet does not make any sense at this point when the country is just 1.5 years away from 2014 general elections. In India,the parliament conducts three sessions each year, with just handful of sessions left before the elections we sincerely doubt if any major reforms or laws can be brought in which can really affect the country and people in a positive way.