The makeup of this new Cabinet indicates that PM Modi has guaranteed a regional balance, with an emphasis on countries where BJP did well in the Lok Sabha polls.
UP, probably the most populous state, is represented by eight ministers besides the PM, in east, west, Bundelkhand and Awadh regions. BJP won 62 seats in UP, and also the Cabinet reflects that. From western UP, the party gave ministerial berths to four MPs.
Muzaffarnagar MP Sanjeev Balyan, who conquered RLD leader Ajit Singh, has been rewarded for keeping Jat voters in tact with all the party. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, a Rajya Sabha member, is the only Muslim face in Modi’s Cabinet. From Awadh place, the party has relied on the faces of Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, who conquered Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, also Niranjan Jyoti. Without a cheque from Apna Dal, a BJP ally in the country , the party has given a powerful message of strengthening its own business as opposed to emphasizing allies.