The proposed restructuring of government departments in Uttar Pradesh on NITI Aayog’s recommendation is hanging over the heads of ministers like the proverbial sword of Damocles. Since the Adityanath government is mulling to pare the total number of departments from nearly 100 to 55-57, the decision is bound to affect a large number of ministries and alter the pecking order in the state council of ministers. The issue has been discussed at length during recent cabinet meetings, although the government seems to be in no great hurry to get it over and done with. It is just a matter of time though.
Agree to disagree
The leadership vacuum in the Congress party continues to roil the waters. After senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid raised an alarm over the future of the party, former MP and Congress General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday voiced similar concerns. The party needs urgent introspection to resurrect itself, he said. The two leaders, however, differed on their views about the party's likely performance in the coming Maharashtra Assembly elections. "I strongly believe that Congress will taste victory in the state,'' said the young leader, while his senior colleagues had said earlier in the day that the Congress is unlikely to taste victory in the Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra.