The state unit of the party had not lost all hope and expected that the state would get represented in the Cabinet when it is expanded.
The element of surprise in his armoury – over the last ten days, he has sent the press corps into a dizzy spin with an almost “no-leaks” style of operation – will lend that extra edge of dynamism to a Modi administration.
Gadkari faces the challenges of reviving the road sector which has projects worth at least Rs 1.5 lakh crore stalled on account of various regulatory hurdles.
After days of intense speculation, Narendra Modi has finally unveiled his cabinet, signalling the beginning of a new political era. While the ministers and the mix will inevitably change, this first cut offers plenty of intriguing and interesting information just in terms of the numbers.
"We have to restore back the pace of growth, contain inflation, and obviously concentrate on fiscal consolidation itself," he said.
Swaraj was also the youngest cabinet minister in Haryana government at the age of 25, first woman Chief Minister of Delhi and first woman spokesperson for any political party in the country.
Swaraj's stature ought to have made a significant portfolio inevitable. However, with rumours of discord with Narendra Modi doing the rounds of the political circles, there was widespread speculation that she would be sidelined.
Singh, 63, lost the legal battle over his age issue with the Defence Ministry in 2012 and joined Anna Hazare's anti-corruption agitation against the UPA government before joining the BJP just before the elections.
The real task for Narendra Modi begins now. You have several advantages to begin with and many pitfalls to watch out for. Let’s discuss them and finally, your place in history will depend on how you work your way through it all. Let’s begin with the pluses you have.
The Modi cabinet does not have as many surprises as one expected. What it shows is that Modi is the man in charge, and no matter who runs which ministry, he will have a decisive say in all key ministries.
As per ADR's analysis, the steady increase in the number of MPs facing criminal charges over the years is a matter of grave concern to the country.
A BJP leader told Firstpost on the condition of anonymity that the first person to take oath after Narendra Modi is sworn in as the Prime Minister, will be Rajnath Singh. By doing that, Modi will send out a strong message that Rajnath Singh will come second, only after him, in the power hierarchy.