Reports claiming Prime Minister Narendra Modi-government’s much awaited cabinet reshuffle have started doing rounds, after the central government celebrated its second year in the power, last May 26. Now, after the national execute of BJP concluded on Monday, indications regarding the reshuffle have begun pouring in.
According media reports , the reshuffle is likely to take place between June 19 and 23. Some new faces, especially from OBCs and Dalits will also be considered to the portfolios. Special focus will be given to leaders from Uttar Pradesh. Uttarakhand and Assam are likely to get representatives in the likely Cabinet.
While reshuffling the portfolios, number of new projects undertaken by the ministers will be taken into consideration. The social media presense will also fetch good mark for the ministers in the report card of Modi.
The ability of the minister in dealing with the media person and in communicating with the general public will also come in handy for sustaining the portfolio.
Meantime, delay in implementing projects that had managed to get the nod from the union cabinet will be considered as a bad mark for the ministers.
Key Departments like Finance, External Affairs, Defence and Home are unlikely to be touched . 3 ministers are likely to move to party work.
Quoting some top BJP sources, a Business Standard report said that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will not go back to Goa. Earlier, there were reports that he may go back to Goa for leading the party in the assembly election slated to February-March 2017.
The report went on claiming that the BJP President Amit Shah will also continue to be the party chief, negating the reports that he might leave the position taking charge of the BJP in Gujarat assembly elections.
However, the party has not arrived in a final decision upon who will succeed current Gujarat CM Anandiben patel in Gujarat.
Meanwhile, reports said that Modi has sought time from President Pranab Mukherjee for cabinet expansion as the both leaders are busy with some international tours these days.