With Venkaiah Naidu resigning from his position as Minister of Urban Development, I&B to apply for the position of Vice President, the departments are now without full time head. It is also to be noted here that Ministry for Defence and Environment were handled additionally by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
These vacancies have raised the probability of reshuffle after the end of the monsoon season of Parliament next month. Modi had talked of the depleted bench strength last month and said that he could not spare any of his senior ministers for the post of President and selected Ram Nath Kovind after taking into consideration about the pros and cons.
Now the announcement for VP came with BJP President Amit Shah announcing it formally despite of Mr Naidu expressing his unwillingness to join the race to fight the incumbent Gopalakrishna Gandhi. He is believed to have been persuaded by none other than the PM himself.
“I know M Venkaiah Naidu Garu for years. Have always admired his hard work and tenacity. A fitting candidate for the office of Vice-President,” Modi tweeted soon after Shah made the announcement.
Naidu is expected to score an easy win over Gopal Gandhi in the VP poll set for August 5. The electoral college comprises all members of the two Houses and NDA’s hegemony in the LS should leave no doubt about Naidu replacing Hamid Ansari as the next occupant of 6, Maulana Azad Road since he is also enjoying the regional support mainly from Andhra and Telangana which gave him an edge over D H Shankaramurthy, Chairman of Karnataka legislative council.
So once these elections are over, we can expect a cabinet shuffle with roles being allocated to Ministers to ensure that no Ministry is without a head.