Raipur. No MP from Chhattisgarh got a place in the second expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet. The people were disappointed as no new face of Chhattisgarh got a place in this expansion.
There were speculations that either MP Arun Sao, Durg or MP Vijay Baghel or Rajya Sabha MP Saroj Pandey might get inducted into the cabinet. Rajya Sabha MP and former minister Ramvichar Netam, Rajnandgaon MP Santosh Pandey were also in the race to become ministers. There was news that Rajya Sabha MP Saroj Pandey has reached Delhi.
At present, Surguja MP Renuka Singh represents Chhattisgarh as a Minister of State in the Union Cabinet. There were speculations that Renuka Singh might get dropped, but these speculations were groundless. Renuka Singh remains in the Union Cabinet.
According to sources, there might be some changes before the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh in 2023. In today's cabinet expansion, there are also indications that the top leadership of BJP is not in the mood to change the power equation in Chhattisgarh right now. They might change these plans in the future.
In the cabinet of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpai, Dr Raman Singh and MP Ramesh Bais were ministers from the Chhattisgarh quota. Later the BJP leadership dropped Dr Raman Singh and handed him the command of BJP in Chhattisgarh. In the assembly elections held in 2003, the party won under the leadership of Dr Raman Singh and for the first time, the BJP formed government in Chhattisgarh. Ramesh Bais was holding the responsibility of the ministerial post at the Centre.
There are speculations that the party may now repeat the same developments. Ramesh Bais is considered an important figure for BJP in the OBC dominated state of Chhattisgarh. After the Union Cabinet expansion today, discussions regarding Ramesh Bais' return to active politics has gained momentum.