Modi Cabinet Expansion: Amid growing buzz about the possible Cabinet reshuffle in Uttar Pradesh, speculations are rife that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also contemplating expanding his Cabinet ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Notably, a series of high-level meetings at 7RCR prompted buzz of a rejig in the Union Cabinet, an exercise Modi has not undertaken since forming the government for a second time in May 2019.
While an official confirmation is awaited, reports have claimed that the number of ministers in the Modi government can go up to 79 from 60 after the reshuffle. This hinted that there are more than two dozen vacancies in the Union cabinet at present. At present, there are 21 Cabinet ministers, 9 MoS (minister of state) with independent charge, and 29 ministers of state besides PM Modi.
PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP chief JP Nadda have been reportedly assessing the various ministries, which is usually done before the reshuffle. As per the reports of the Hindi portal Live Hindustan, the top leaders have reviewed dozens of ministers and ministry in the past few days. Based on the review, underperforming ministers will be dropped from the Union Cabinet.
List of Ministers Likely to Be Included In Modi Cabinet
- MP Jyotiraditya Scindia
- Former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal
- Former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi
- BJP’s National vice-president Baijayant Panda.
- Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel
- Members of the BJP’s ally JDU can also be given space as and when PM Modi’s expands his cabinet.
JD(U) Demands Respectable ShareJanata Dal (United), the second-largest constituent of the BJP-led NDA, asserted that alliance partners ought to have a “respectable” share in the Union council of ministers. A statement to this effect was made here by RCP Singh, a close aide of Kumar.
Singh had succeeded Kumar as the JD(U) national president after the chief minister relinquished the top party post much ahead of the expiry of his tenure earlier this year.”We are a part of the NDA…..all constituents deserve a respectable share (in the Narendra Modi government”, Singh told reporters yesterday.
On being asked if the JD(U), which has 16 MPs in the Lok Sabha, would ‘demand’ a respectable share for itself in the expected expansion of the union cabinet, Singh quipped “where is the question of demanding? It is a matter of understanding. It has to be natural”.