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Modi Cabinet reshuffle: AIADMK may not join NDA for now

By Vicky

The much anticipated Modi Cabinet reshuffle is likely to witness a host of changes. While the JD(U) which formed the government in Bihar with the BJP is set to join the Cabinet, there is however no word as yet on the AIADMK.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Speculation was rife that the AIADMK from Tamil Nadu will join the NDA and also the Cabinet.

However sources say that there is no word as yet on this. There are still a couple of issues that need to be sorted out in the AIADMK. It may be done at a later stage, the source added.

However if everything goes well within the AIADMK, then two persons are likely to join the ministry. One may be given a Cabinet berth and the other a minister of state portfolio. The AIADMK if inducted into the ministry will send K Venugopal and Thambi Durai to the Cabinet, sources indicated.

The reshuffle is expected to take place this week. Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for China to attend the BRICS summit on September 3. BJP President, Amit Shah held a series of meetings on Thursday ahead of the crucial reshuffle. This is likely to be the last rejig ahead of the 2019 elections.

There is a possibility that a large number of ministers likely to be included will be from the Hindi heartland. Rajiv Pratap Rudy who resigned as Skill Development minister is likely to be given organisational work in the party, sources say. Muzzafarnagar MP and minister Sanjiv Balyan may be sent to the organisation. He may be replaced by Baghpat MP and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Malik, sources also say.

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