The Cabinet reshuffle and expansion exercise today will not be attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as she would be meeting the Foreign Minister of Hungary.
“I am unable to attend the swearing in ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan since I have a meeting with Foreign Minister of Hungary,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted. “I congratulate and welcome all my colleagues joining the Council of Ministers,” she said.
Sushma Swaraj went on to advice media, “Media – Pl avoid the headline : ‘Sushma skips Oath Ceremony'”.
Key Cabinet ministers such as FM Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad are likely to retain their posts.
Election-bound Uttar Pradesh is likely to dominate the much-awaited Union Cabinet expansion on Tuesday. The expansion will chiefly reflect the BJP’s strategy in the crucial state from where the party has its maximum MPs (71), along with 2 from its ally Apna Dal, thereby taking the total to a staggering 73 out of the total 80.
If sources are to be believed, some of the obvious reasons for the Cabinet reshuffle are; performance, upcoming UP polls, age factor, caste and women representation.
PM Narendra Modi has always been seen as someone who keeps a close watch on what his ministers are doing, and reviews the performance of each department closely. Just last week, he held a meeting of his ministers, where each one of them is believed to have apprised him of their performance. So, it is quite natural for us to assume that one of the driving factors or the reshuffle would be PM’s own rating of his ministers’ work.