Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, whose Telugu Desam Party is a BJP ally, also indicated that an expansion of the cabinet is on the cards. "You will know details about the Cabinet expansion in two days," said Naidu, who walked off the stage for a few minutes during an interview at the World Economic Forum's India summit here to attend a phone call but refused to identify the caller. Some new faces from Bihar and Rajasthan besides a few from BJP allies like Shiv Sena and TDP are expected to find a place in the government, sources indicated.
Meanwhile, Modi's visit to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the morning to attend a Gurbani recital to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak also triggered speculation that it was in the context of a possible reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers. However, PMO sources said the visit was purely for the Gurbani programme being held in the Bhavan and which was also attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari among others.
There are currently 22 Cabinet members and same number of ministers of state, including 10 with independent charge. Many BJP leaders like Nitin Gadkari, Arun Jaitley, Prakash Javadekar, Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal have charge of multiple ministries. And the exercise is aimed to streamline the portfolios.