Prime Minister Narendra Modi will induct 9 new faces in an union cabinet reshuffle scheduled for Sunday, Press Trust of India reported citing sources. As per various news agencies, 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. Earlier in the day, PM Modi held discussions with BJP chief Amit Shah to give finishing touches to the exercise. Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari also met PM Modi. However as per IANS, Gadkari refused to comment on speculation that he was being shifted to railways, saying it was the Prime Minister’s prerogative to induct and drop ministers.
Earlier, PTI sources confirmed that Cabinet reshuffle would take place on Sunday morning at 10 am. Ahead of the recast, a number of ministers have already resigned from their posts making way for the new faces. So far, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjeev Baliyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Bandaru Dattatreya and Mahendra Nath Pandey have quit their posts in council of ministers, as per PTI. As per reports, two cabinet ministers, Uma Bharti and Kalraj Mishra, have also offered to resign. Sunday’s reshuffle will be prime minister’s third and probably last major recasting of his council of ministers before the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019. “A process has been set in motion for the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan at around 10 am on Sunday,” a top government official was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.