Even as the city saw celebrations at various places after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, many people were disappointed as local MP Kirron Kher’s name did not figure in the council of ministers announced on Monday.
The city residents as well as the BJP workers had high hopes of Kher getting a ministerial berth as Narendra Modi had a “personal connection” with the city and had lived here. Also, Kher shares a good rapport with top party leaders in Delhi.
For mer MP Pawan Kumar Bansal had handled various important ministries, including railways and parliamentary affairs in the UPA government. In that backdrop also, many people were expecting that Kher could get a berth in Modi’s team.
Chandigarh BJP general secretary Prem Kaushik said that Kher is a capable leader and had won by a record margin from Chandigarh. “There would be cabinet expansions in the days to come. Let us wait for some more time,” he said.
Arun Sood, leader of opposition in Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, said that there are many large states, communities and other factors, which are taken care of while allotting portfolios. “While forming the government, these things are kept in mind. She might not have got any post gen secy because of these factors,” he added.
Some leaders felt that as Kher is a first-time MP, she might not get a ministerial berth at all. Also, the fact that Chandigarh had just one seat, she had bleak chances, they add. A local BJP leader, Shakti Devshali, said that it was not so important whether she was given a ministerial berth or not. “Narendra Modi ji had lived here. He is well aware of the problems of the city. Our PM is representing the city in Parliament. That is what we feel,” Devshali said.