Now that it has been confirmed that Narendra Modi led Cabinet is up for a rejig which will take place on Sunday morning, all sorts of rumours are doing rounds. Many new faces are expected to join the government, including BJP allies. It will be the third such exercise since he took over in May 2014. “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 said, as per PTI. Meanwhile, a late night meeting at Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s house has led to speculation over the possibility of a new face in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
As BJP chief Amit Shah was in Vrindavan for an RSS coordination meeting, Rajnath Singh met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari at his residence, reported The Indian Express. Even though there was no official word on this meeting, it could be of significant importance as a source close to the meeting told IE that new member of the CCS could have been part of the discussion.
For all we know, the previous incumbent in the CCS, Manohar Parrikar as Defence Minister, had the blessings of the RSS as well before he was given a place on Raisina Hill in November 2014. He left for Goa earlier this year with Arun Jaitley taking over the Defence Ministry. However, only a few days back when Jaitley was asked for how long would he continue to hold two portfolios, he had said: “At least, I hope, not very long.”
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As per the rumours, the front runner for the spot is former BJP president Nitin Gadkari but there are other reports that suggest that Gadkari is reluctant to move out of Transport. Earlier it was being speculated that Amit Shah might be included in the Ministry but the BJP chief denied these reports.
The meeting comes a day after Amit Shah had summoned Ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan and Faggan Singh Kulaste asking them to put in their papers. Meanwhile, it was also reported that Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, too, has been asked to put in his papers.