Ahead of the crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set bring changes to his core Cabinet team on Tuesday.
BJP National President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Modi are meeting in the party head office on Monday to finalise names for cabinet reshuffle scheduled at 11 AM on July 5 in Rashtrapathi Bhavan.
Sources reveal that poll bound Uttar Pradesh is expected to get lions share in the cabinet reshuffle. BJP’s ally and Apna Dal’s head Anupriya Patel, Shajahanpur MP Krishna Raj, Mahendranath Pandey of Chandauli constituency are expected to get entry into Modi cabinet.
Another BJP’s ally Ramdas Athavale of RPI (A) from Maharashtra is also expected get a berth in cabinet apart from Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, Purushottam Rupala, Ajay Tamta, Krishnraj, SS Ahluwalia, Mahendranath Pandey, Arjunram Meghwal, PP chaudhary are likely to be inducted in Modi’s cabinet on Tuesday.
Sitting cabinet members Ramshankar Katheriya and Nihalchand could be removed and are likely to be given a bigger role in the party.
The rejig is happening at the backdrop of a critical review of ministers performance done by PM and senior bureaucrats last week. PM also held five-hour long meeting with his council and analysed how each department has spent the money allocated in the last three budgets.
PM’s decision on the below 75 year age criteria for a membership of the council is expected to pay a key role in Tuesdays expansion. The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has disallowed two senior ministers after as they had crossed 75 years age. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj Mishra and Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla who hold portfolios in Modi’s cabinet have crossed the 75 years of age.
The newly appointed council ministers will have a three year term, as the NDA government is approaching the halfway mark of its five-year term. The present cabinet has 66 ministers including the Prime Minister Modi. As per the Constitution, there can be 82 ministers in the Modi government.
The oath ceremony will be administered by President Pranab Mukherjee in the main hall of Rashtrapathi Bhavan. The Director General of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) Frank Norhona, who is also the Principal spokesperson of the government, gave the information on Twitter.
“Cabinet expansion will take place at 11 AM on July 5 in Rashtrapathi Bhavan,” Said Norhana
Apart from elevating few MoS’s to senior ranks, vacancy created after Sports Minister Sonowal became the Chief Minister of Assam will also be filled in the reshuffle. The oath ceremony will be administered by President Pranab Mukherjee in the main hall on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Modi held long discussions with BJP president Amit Shah over the last one month to finalise the changes which will happen a day before he leaves on a four-nation Africa tour on July 7.
Reports indicate the BJP President Amit Shah will also bring in changes to his party core election team. Shah did not make any change in his core team of vice presidents, general secretaries and secretaries after retaining a second term as BJP president.