Modi cabinet reshuffle: Nine new ministers to take oath at 10:30 am today
The much-awaited reshuffle in the Modi cabinet will take place on Sunday at 10:30 am at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and their portfolios are likely to be announced later in the day. Out of those who will take oath for their respective ministers, names of nine have been declared already.
It earlier reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will hold a meeting on Saturday evening to finalise the cabinet list. It is, however, not clear if the meeting would take place. Reports say that Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will retain his portfolio.
Several ministers - Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahendra Nath Pandey, Kalraj Mishra - had resigned ahead of the rejig
NDTV, while quoting sources, said that Modi is "very happy" with the performance of Gadkari. The BJP is said to have considered moving Gadkari to Railways Ministry, but wasn't keen to take the responsibility. "It is PM Modi's prerogative who should be given what responsibility. He is the one to decide on tomorrow's (Cabinet reshuffle)," Gadkari told the media on Saturday.
JD (U) may not join the cabinet as was earlier reported. Nitish Kumar, in fact, said he had no information about the cabinet reshuffle.