'Headmaster' Modi may Drop Danve from Cabinet
MUMBAI: Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Raosaheb Danve is likely to be dropped from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet and appointed BJP president in Maharashtra. According to a party source, Modi is not happy with Danve’s performance as a minister.
“Modi was about to remove him from the Cabinet. However, he deferred the decision because it could have brought a bad name for the party. So, instead of sacking him, the party will dispatch Danve back to the state,” the source said.
Also, Danve has reportedly conveyed his inability to work in the Union Cabinet to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the outgoing state party chief.
Danve’s unwillingness to work under “headmaster” Modi had become public a few months ago. “I feel like I am attending school. Here everything is punctual. I come to office early morning and leave late in the evening. Yet I feel tensed about the work on the next day,” he had said at a function in his hometown Jalna in the Marathwada region.
“Though he had a lot of work pending in Delhi, Danve had spent almost two hours waiting for Devendraji and impress his case to return to state politics on him,” the source added.
The meeting had taken place before Fadnavis proved his majority in the Assembly on November 12.
As Fadnavis is doubling up as the BJP’s state president, he is not able to give enough time to the party. Since the state unit has launched a membership drive with a target of one crore new members, it needs a full-time chief.
Earlier, the party unit had almost finalised general secretary Sujitsinh Thakur’s name for the top job.