The four-time National MP and the first India-born Kiwi-Indian MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi seems to have ridden the ripples after an internal leadership coup quite well, as he has been elevated and made in charge of Ethnic Communities in the new Leader Todd Muller’s shadow cabinet announced just now.
National Party Leader Todd Muller has announced the line-up of the next Government.
“New Zealand is facing perhaps the toughest time that almost anyone alive can remember.
“We are borrowing tens of billions of dollars to get us through this crisis. There is only one team that can spend it competently and well, and that is my National Party team.”
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi gets a promotion
Mr Bakshi seems to have also got a meaty role with direct significance to the Kiwi-Indian and the wider ethnic communities with the responsibility of ethnic communities.
In the previous list, Mr Bakshi was Associate spokesperson for Justice.
From being an associate spokesperson for Justice to be made full-fledged in charge of the ethnic communities is a big statement on his experience in parliament and also gives a glimpse of Todd Muller’s preferences in reining-in the experienced MPs in National caucus.
This will be a significant elevation for the four-term MP.
The other Kiwi-Indian MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar has retained her portfolio of Research, Science & Innovation.
Mr Bakshi is granted 25th, whereas Dr Parmar is ranked 33rd on the National List, although Leader Todd Muller has already hinted that the rankings were not set in stone.
Amy Adams return to front benches
Amy Adams who was former Minister in Key and English governments and a prominent heavyweight before she was defeated in the previous leadership challenge by the outgoing Hon Simon Bridges and has since then announced her decision to not seek re-election in 2020 seems to have come out of political oblivion when she found a prominent place in Muller’s shadow cabinet as the Minister for Covid-19 Recovery in his Government
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