From no government to no opposition
Yesterday, India had no government. Now it has no opposition." That message, which was doing the rounds on Friday, pretty much summed up the election.
After a gap of 30 years, a new prime minister takes charge backed by majority support. This gives Mr Modi the leeway to appoint exactly the Cabinet he wants and to take decisive action without consulting allies.
He has to use the mandate to speed up the movement of files, to cut red tape, and also, to put together a framework for Reforms 3.0. His track record in Gujarat suggests that he will hit the ground running.
But the complexities of central administration are considerably more than those involved in managing a single state. He will have to delegate a lot and much will depend on the composition of the Cabinet.
Rumours are already rife about likely appointees and about the possible abolition and reorganisation of sundry ministries.
Lutyens' Delhi and Dalal Street, not to mention Wall Street and the City, are all going to be compiling dossiers on this yet-to-be-appointed set of individuals. Their personal foibles, political equations and corporate connections will come under the microscope.
Text: Devangshu Datta, Business Standard
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