Modi Cabinet reshuffle: Probable list of new faces likely to make the cut
At least 8 persons are likely to be edged out in the Union Cabinet reshuffle which will take place on Sunday. Nearly 12 persons are likely to be inducted into the council of ministers in probably the last revamp ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The new ministers will be sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony in the Rashtrapati Bhawan, which will start at 10 am. The Prime Minister will leave for China to attend the BRICS summit Sunday afternoon.
Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya resigned on Friday, adding to the list of at least seven ministers who have put in their papers.
Of the 73 members of the Union council of ministers, at least eight are likely to be edged out. There can be a maximum of 81 members, which gives the Prime Minister the option of inducting at least 15 new faces in the government.
The JD(U), which joined the NDA recently, is likely to get two ministerial berths.
The new faces likely to be inducted into the ministry are Vinay Sahasrabuddhe from Maharashtra, former Mumbai police commissioner Satypal Singh, Harish Dwivedi from Uttar Pradesh, Prahlad Joshi, Suresh Angadi and Shobha Karandlaje from Karnataka, Prabhat Jha, Rakesh Singh and Prahlad Patel from Madhya Pradesh, Ashwini Choubey from Bihar and Mahesh Giri from Delhi.
Among those likely to get a promotion are Piyush Goyal, Manoj Sinha, and Dharmendra Pradhan. Two JD(U) leaders, RCP Singh and Santosh Kumar, are tipped to be the party's nominees for ministerial positions at the Centre.
The ministers who have already resigned include two cabinet ministers-Kalraj Mishra and Uma Bharti -and five ministers of state-- Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who held independent charge of skill development ministry, Sanjeev Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahendra Nath Pandey, and Giriraj Singh.