Modi, Shah set to meet today to finalise cabinet berths
Ahead of Sunday's major cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are set to hold a meeting on Saturday evening to finalise the cabinet list, said reports.
Andhra Pradesh BJP chief and MP from Vishakapatnam, K Haribabu, will reportedly be inducted into the cabinet and he has already left for Delhi.
Reports say that Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will retain his portfolio. 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.
Meanwhile, BJP MP from Bihar, Ashwini Choubey, has left for Delhi from Patna ahead of the crucial reshuffle. It is not yet clear if he would be inducted into the cabinet.
JD (U) may not join the cabinet as was earlier reported. Nitish Kumar, in fact, said he had no information about the cabinet reshuffle.
"We have no information, no talks about it. We got information only from media," news agency ANI quoted Nitish as saying when asked about cabinet reshuffle.
It was earlier being speculated that JD (U), which joined the NDA recently, may get two cabinet berths.
BJP ally Shiv Sena also said that they were not informed about cabinet reshuffle and came to know about it only through the media.
Among those likely to get a promotion are Piyush Goyal, Manoj Sinha, and Dharmendra Pradhan.