New Delhi, Mar 31: Before the second half of the Budget Session starts, it is being said that the Narendra Modi government might witness expansion. The second half of Budget session is scheduled to start on April 20.
As always, the second Cabinet expansion will not only see new faces but may also lead to exit of the 'non-performing' ministers.
As per a IndiaToday report, "The expansion and reshuffle exercise of the Cabinet will take place after the two day national executive meeting of the BJP, starting on April 3 in Bengaluru."
The report further states, "Party insiders claimed that the prime minister might use the opportunity to send out a strong message to non-performing ministers. And those who have performed well might be rewarded. According to sources, MoS for finance Jayanth Sinha may be given additional charge of corporate affairs."
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an interaction with Ministers of State with Independent Charge on Tuesday, asking them about their work and feedback about government's policies.
During the over 90-minute meeting in which BJP President Amit Shah was present, Modi is learnt to have asked each of the 13 Ministers about their experience in government and whether they faced any difficulties in discharge of their duties, sources said.
He also sought to know from the feedback of people over the government policies, they said. The Prime Minister is learnt to have told them that maintaining the connect with grassroot workers was a must to dispel ambiguity about government policies, the sources said.
The meeting assumes significance as government is under attack from the Opposition on the Land bill and the government and the BJP are keen to allay fears relating to Land Acquisition among the farmers.
Earlier, many prominent leaders including Smriti Irani, Najma Heptulla, Hema Malini and others did not find a place in the party's national executive which was recently reconstituted.
(With inputs from agencies)