Prime Minister Narendra Modi will induct nine new faces in his new cabinet scheduled for Sunday, as per PTI. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Shiv Paratap Shukla, Virendra Kumar, Anantkumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Satya Pal Singh, and Alphons Kannanthanam will take oath tomorrow. As Modi heads to select his final team of cabinet, before the 2019 general elections, all eyes are on who will get which portfolio? Will PM Modi promote those who have worked hard and make some major changes in his cabinet or will it be a light reshuffle? Some cabinet ministers have already resigned from their posts, as per various media reports.
Here are the top ten things 10 things to expect:
1. Ending all speculations, officials on Friday have confirmed that the union cabinet reshuffle has been scheduled for Sunday 10 am. The Rashtrapati Bhavan is being prepared an official has said.
2. In the late evening yesterday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari at his residence. The meeting was possibly held for a new face in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), as per Indian Express.
4. As the reshuffle comes after Modi-Nitish patch up, there will be new faces from the JD (U). Last month Chief Minister Nitish Kumar broke up from the grand alliance and joined hands with the BJP to form the new government in Bihar.
5. Also, it is believed that new ministers may be inducted from other NDA allies like the AIADMK and NCP. However, according to Times Now, the AIADMK, which has been hit by a rebellion led by T T V Dhinakaran, can prove to be a stumbling block in its joining the government. JD(U) has still not been informed about their participation in the government.
6. Before the reshuffle exercise, many ministers have reportedly stepped down from their posts. Bandaru Dattatreya, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjeev Baliyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Kalraj Mishra have quit as ministers. While several ministers who have been given additional portfolios are expected also to see their workload being reduced, as per The Times of India.
7. BJP president Amit Shah has reportedly met with several union ministers and informed them that they will be assigned party work keeping in mind the key state assembly elections in Gujarat, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, due in the coming months.
8. Currently, two major portfolios – Finance and Defence – are being handled by Arun Jaitley, so Modi may appoint a full-time defence minister. Asked how long would he continue to hold two portfolios Jaitley had said: “At least, I hope, not very long.”
9. Also, there are vacancies in the Council of Ministers, arising out of the exit of Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who resigned and is now Vice President of India and the passing of Anil Madhav Dave who was MoS Environment and Climate Change (Independent Charge).
10. The new and young parliamentarians like Anurag Thakur, Nishikant Dubey, Karnataka journalist-turned-politician Pratap Simha, son of Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje Dushyant Singh and Varun Gandhi are still on the wait. It would be interesting to see will their wait be over.