Experts say that the expansion brings about a mix in terms of representation and experience. The BJP's national spokesperson, G V L Narasimha Rao tells OneIndia that the idea is to deliver and perform better in the diverse ministries. He explains the finer details behind the expansion.
" An effort has been made to bring in people with experience. Many have served as ministers in the centre and the state. There has been wider social representation in terms of SC/ST, OBC, minorities and even women. Many are highly qualified and there are also some who have had multiple terms in Parliament."
"The whole idea is to deliver and perform better. Also it is an exercise to act as a bridge and take the message of the government to the people and bring in the expectations of the public to government.
Unlike previous government, this government is in a mode where we are reaching out to the people. The government wants to have its ears close to the ground and see how the developments are being received by the people and also enhance the performance further."
On whether he had expected that the top portfolios such as defence, finance, home and external affairs ministry would not be changed, Rao says that one does not make changes for the heck of it.
Changes are meant to be made when required. The PM believes in continuity and dynamics. Changes cannot done for the heck of it. Governance is a serious activity, Rao also adds.
On whether the addition of MPs from Uttar Pradesh was done keeping the polls in mind, Rao says that if one looks at the strength of the BJP from UP, it is a big number. The state considering its size and the population needs more representation. We were only keeping in mind these factors.