Who runs the Home Ministry of India? The answer would be obvious, former UP Chief Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh administers the pivotal ministry of India. But, if insiders are to be believed, the situation states otherwise. Even the recommendations of top-ranking RSS office bearers are turned down by the PMO. Sources informed that the most important decisions, especially concerning Union Territories, are being taken by the PMO directly. The recommendations sent by the Home Ministry are either kept in abeyance, or sent with new recommendations. The paradox is that the Home Minister also keeps the new recommendations in abeyance. Hence, there is decision paralysis in the ministry. The selection of Delhi State Election Commissioner is a glaring example of the altercation between the PMO and the Home Ministry. The Home Ministry recommended three names to the PMO after consulting top-ranking RSS leaders. The PMO kept the file in abeyance for some time. The file was send back to the Home Ministry after one month with a new name to be appointed as the State Election Commissioner. The Home Ministry officials were astonished to find that their recommendation had been turned down. Now the file is hanging and no further decision has been taken as the final authority to issue the orders lies with the Home Ministry, that too with the signature of the Home Minister. Rajnath Singh, a powerful politician of the BJP, is keeping mum on the developments but RSS leaders are aghast. Wait and watch this space.
VOL. 11 | ISSUE 7 | OCTOBER 2017