Shrad, pitru paksha: What connection does it have with Modi Cabinet reshuffle
Shradh and pitru paksha are two factors that would weigh heavily on the government while fixing a date for the Cabinet reshuffle. Both are considered to be inauspicious and this period would last between September 6 to 19.
While the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given absolutely no indication to his ministers about a reshuffle, sources tell OneIndia that it is likely to happen before he leaves for China on September 3.
Modi will be in China between September 3 and 5 following which he will visit Myanmar before returning to India.
The last time that the cabinet was expanded was in July 2016. Following that there have been only few additions. These additions became necessary after Manohar Parrikar stepped down as Defence Minister and headed to Goa. Other adjustments became necessary when Venkaiah Naidu contested the VP elections.
The speculation about a reshuffle began when BJP's national president Amit Shah met with Union ministers Birender Singh, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Upendra Kushwaha separately. However multiple sources in the BJP that we spoke with could not confirm an exact date. In fact no one has spoken with us about it said a BJP leader.
However other sources said that the reshuffle is long overdue. It could happen this week itself or could be postponed to after September 19th, the source also said.