At a time when political circles are abuzz with speculation of possible expansion of the Narendra Modi cabinet,
Currently, there are 53 ministers in the Union Cabinet. As per the channel, the new Cabinet may have 81 members and 28 new berths. This may be noted that there are several ministers who are holding multiple portfolios. Reports suggest new faces could be given the responsibility of such ministries.
From Uttar Pradesh (set for Assembly Elections next year), Anupriya Patel, who leads BJP’s alliance partner Apna Dal, is among the probables. The Apna Dal (S) has been BJP’s ally since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Notably, Anupriya was a union minister in the first tenure of the Modi government. BJP MPs Varun Gandhi and Rita Bahuguna Joshi could also be included in the Cabinet.
As a result of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s June 22 visit to New Delhi, speculation swirled about his Janata Dal (United) joining the Modi government and receiving ministerial berths.
Among those who could be included in the expansion and reshuffle of the Union Cabinet are former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi, Madhya Pradesh’s Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav (Rajasthan), and former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane.
This may be recalled that last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a few meetings with the top brass of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and ministers. The meetings were held at the Prime Minister’s 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence.
The reshuffle is being prompted by some vacancies caused by untimely deaths of ministers, such as Ram Vilas Paswan and Suresh Angadi, and the resignation of Akali Dal and Shiv Sena leaders.
This will be the first reshuffle-cum-expansion since PM Modi returned to power in 2019.