Just a day ahead of the big Modi cabinet reshuffle Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that he has not received any information about the rejig, adding that he was only received information about it through media reports. News agency ANI quoted Nitish as saying ”We do not have any information about the reshuffle, haven’t had any talks about it. We have got received information about the rejig from the media”. Nitish Kumar made the statement even as rumours are doing rounds that members of his party the Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) which has just returned to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) fold and members of the AIADMK will be inducted into the Modi cabinet, as reported by the Indian Express.
Union Minister Kalraj Mishra, who is a part of the Modi Cabinet has submitted his resignation from the top body ahead of the reshuffle. Mishra, by resigning from the top body, has followed the lead of many other cabinet ministers who have resigned such as Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya and junior ministers such as Faggan Kulaste, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Sanjiv Balyan. Pandey has been appointed the leader of the UP BJP unit while the other ministers who have resigned are expected to take important organisational work ahead of the assembly elections which will take place in 2019, IE reported.
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It is expected that leaders from poll bound states such as Gujarat, Himachal, Karnataka and Rajasthan will be inducted into the Modi cabinet. Some leaders who are likely to be inducted in the cabinet are Anurag Thakur, Bhupender Yadav, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Maheish Girri, Prahlad Joshi, Prahlad Patel, Satyapal Singh, Shobha Karandlaje, Suresh Angadi and Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, according to the IE report.