Narendra Modi's New Ministers: Caste Balance and Political Strategy in Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted eight MPs from Bihar into his council of ministers, balancing caste equations ahead of the 2025 assembly elections. BJP and its allies, JD(U), Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas), and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) received ministerial posts. The move aims to strengthen NDA's position in Bihar.


PTI | Patna | Updated: 09-06-2024 23:59 IST | Created: 09-06-2024 23:59 IST
Narendra Modi's New Ministers: Caste Balance and Political Strategy in Bihar
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expanded his council of ministers, inducting eight MPs from Bihar, with four coming from allied parties. This reshuffle is perceived as the BJP's strategy to balance caste equations ahead of the 2025 assembly elections.

Key BJP leaders Giriraj Singh, Nityanand Rai, Satish Chandra Dubey, and Raj Bhushan Chaudhary were appointed as ministers. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD(U) secured two ministerial berths, while Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) and Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) each received one.

Political analysts note that the BJP leadership strategically considered caste calculations in their ministerial selections to bolster NDA's prospects in the upcoming state elections. Notably, BJP and JD(U) both secured 12 seats in the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. Additionally, smaller allies Chirag Paswan and Jitan Ram Manjhi of JD(U) were also given cabinet positions, reflecting efforts to maintain a delicate caste balance.

BJP leaders inclusive of upper castes and allies from Dalit and extremely backward classes, suggest a tactful effort to address diverse caste groups. Noteworthy figures like Rajiv Ranjan Singh ''Lalan,'' Nityanand Rai, and Ram Nath Thakur hold significant positions, indicative of the party's strategic inclinations.

This reshuffle reflects Modi's astute political maneuvering aimed at achieving electoral success in Bihar, setting the stage for a tightly contested 2025 assembly election.

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