Modi govt expansion, Union Cabinet expansion: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to expand his council of ministers on Wednesday. Over 20 new faces could join the revamped Team Modi in the swearing ceremony which is scheduled to take place at 6 PM, sources said. The new-look Modi Cabinet will have more women representatives and young leaders, they added. Reports also said that PM Modi will include more ministers coming from the smaller and marginalised sections of the society.
Also, the cabinet rejig is certain to factor in next year’s Assembly elections in several states including Uttar Pradesh.
BJP leaders Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Narayan Rane, all of whom are being seen as probables for induction as ministers in the Modi government, arrived in the national capital on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, amid reports of his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras getting a berth in the union cabinet expansion, Chirag Paswan on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi that nobody from the breakaway faction should be taken in the ministry from the LJP quota otherwise they would go to court.
The prime minister is also scheduled to chair a Cabinet meeting, hours before the expected reshuffle.
His review of the works of his ministers, early next year assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab and the COVID-19 pandemic that has been a factor in the internal evaluation of the party’s governance and organisational works are likely to weigh heavy in the expected reshuffle.
Others who could also join the government include Manoj Tiwari, Narayan Rane, RCP Singh, Dilip Ghosh, Santosh Kushwaha, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Locket Chatterjee, Zafar Islam and Anupriya Patel.