“Shiv Sena never went to anyone asking for anything & won’t stand at anyone’s door helplessly,” Thackeray said adding that his is a party with “self-esteem”.
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.
It is widely expected that portfolios of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Roads, Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad are likely to remain untouched.
Additionally, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and State Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbabs Naqvi are being seen as strong candidates for elevation.
However, reports also suggest that PM Narendra Modi may also include a member of the Shiv Sena in the cabinet expansion and reshuffle exercise that will take place on Tuesday, 11:00 AM.
This is not the first time that Shiv Sena has hit out at the functioning of the Modi government. On the second anniversary of the Modi government, Shiv Sena criticised the BJP-led government for its efforts at a dialogue with neighbouring Pakistan, inability to control rising prices, farmers’ suicides, and faltering on its promise of bringing back black money stashed in offshore accounts.
The Sena has also in the past said that though the PM has become a “global leader” now, people of India need him the most. “India needs to be saved to save our global leadership,” it had said with reference to the drought-hit farmers of Maharashtra.
(With inputs from Agencies)