As part of PM Narendra Modi’s Cabinet reshuffle/ expansion over the weekend, Dr Harsh Vardhan has made way for J P Nadda. The former was shifted to the relatively low profile Science and Technology, Earth Sciences portfolio but political observers say the lighter profile will allow him to take a more active role in the BJP’s Delhi Assembly campaign as elections are due to be held early next year.
Nadda (born 2 December 1960) is a Rajya Sabha MP from Himachal Praesh and was the former member of Himachal legislative assembly and a member. More recently, he is believed to be behind the removal of Sanjiv Chaturvedi from the post of chief vigilance officer (CVO), AIIMS. In an official statement, political party AAP has said, “It is shocking that despite written evidence being available with the Prime Minister’s Office about the role of Nadda in getting whistleblower officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi removed as Chief Vigilance Officer of AIIMS, he has been made a Cabinet minister.” (https://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/aap-slams-naddas-inclusion-in-cabinet/)