No big changes expected in Cabinet reshuffle, To focus on UP
Modi may induct Apna Dal's representative into the cabinet ahead of the UP poll
The long expected cabinet reshuffle may not see changes in big portfolios. Taking UP election in to consideration prime minister Modi may go for caste and regional balancing. Though the government has not said anything officially regarding cabinet rejig, it is expected before prime minister leaves for Africa early next month.
Sources suggest the rejig won't go beyond Parliament's monsoon session which begins from July 18.
According to Indian Express, the cabinet reshuffle could happen on Thursday. According to report Ashoka hall of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan is being readied for the swearing in of the new ministers.
Ahead of Uttar Pradesh elections Modi may induct Apna Dal representative Anupriya Patel into the cabinet. Apna Dal has followers among the non Yadav OBCs in the state.
More than Sanjeev Balyan, minister of state for Agriculture may be elevated to cabinet rank.
Other possible new entrants are Rakesh Singh who is an MP from Jabalpur and Raman Deka MP from Mangaldoi. The newly elected Rajya Sabha MP and BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe may also get inducted into the cabinet.
There are reports that Najma Heptullah, minority affairs minister may be dropped.
Some leaders from unrepresented states may also be inducted.
But big portfolios like Defence, Finance, External Affairs may continue with Manohar Parrikar, Arun Jaitley, and Sushma Swaraj respectively.
The recent controversy between Arun Jaitely and Subramanian Swamy has triggered a speculation that the BJP is attempting to take finance from Arun Jaitely.
Subramanian Swamy's repeated tweets targeting the senior officers at the finance ministry given a feeling that this is being done at the behest of some RSS leaders. But with prime minister Modi himself denounced Swamy's argument thus ending the speculation at least for the time being.