Amid much speculation and rumours, it has been confirmed that the Narendra Modi Cabinet reshuffle will take place on Sunday morning at 10 am, reported PTI citing official sources on Friday afternoon. With 5 cabinet ministers reportedly having sent in their resignations including big names like Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjeev Baliyan and Uma Bharti, we can expect some major changes in the Narendra Modi led Cabinet. However, when Uma Bharti was asked about the development, she refused to comment, as per ANI.
Meanwhile, the three-day coordination meeting of the Sangh Parivar began today with top leaders of the saffron combine including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and BJP president Amit Shah in attendance. Shah, along with BJP organisation secretary Ram Lal, reached Vrindavan following his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital amid talks of a reshuffle of the Union Cabinet. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley; Home Minister Rajnath Singh; senior Sangh functionaries Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Dattatreya Hosabale and Krishna Gopal; Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and VHP’s Pravin Togadia are expected to attend the meeting.
Earlier, Rajiv Pratap Rudy at midnight further adding to the speculation that some more ministers may quit ahead of the exercise expected before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for China on Sunday. Sources said Kalraj Mishra, who had met Shah today, may also resign. He is well above 75 years, the age bar the party has informally set for ministers, reported PTI.
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AIADMK’s Thambi Durai and K Venugopal are being seen as among likely representatives of their party in the Cabinet if the Tamil Nadu party joins the Modi government. At least two members of the JD(U) are also likely to join. There are several vacancies in the government while some senior ministers, including Arun Jaitley and Harsh Vardhan, are holding additional portfolios.