Thursday, 7 July 2016
Modi's message to ministers: Don't take me for granted or mess with me
I can't even remember when a Prime Minister sent a message so loud and clear through an exercise that is his sole prerogative: Cabinet reshuffle. Of course, Manmohan Singh never had the freedom: His council of ministers was a mix of diktats he got from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and coalitionsupremos like K. Karunanidhi, Sharad Pawar and the gang. Atal Behari Vajpayee too exercised this prerogative sparingly, like when he insisted and got Jaswant Singh as his finance minister despite opposition from the Swadeshi lobby and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Mostly it was a consultative exercise between Vajpayee, Advani, RSS chief Rajju Bhaiya and alliance partners.