Amit Shah set to revamp Team BJP after Cabinet reshuffle

Amit Shah set to revamp Team BJP after Cabinet reshuffle

Amit Shah set to revamp Team BJP after Cabinet reshuffle

Two of the likely new members are not even members of either house of Parliament and will have to get elected to one in the next six months to continue as Minister. "A process has been set in motion for the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan at around 10: 30 AM on Sunday", a top government official had said.

The prime minister will then leave for China soon after that to attend the Brics summit.

The others are Shiv Pratap Shukla from Uttar Pradesh, Anant Kumar Hegde from Karnataka, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat from Rajasthan, Ashwini Kumar Choubey from Bihar and Virendra Kumar from Madhya Pradesh.

Pandey has replaced Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya who was serving as UP BJP chief. Meanwhile, RK Singh, Anantkumar Hegde and Hardeep Singh Puri have been sworn-in as MoS, Firstpost reported.

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While Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy is the only minister to confirm his resignation, three Cabinet- rank ministers - Bandaru Dattatreya, Kalraj Mishra and Uma Bharati -are also on their way out.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who had taken moral responsibility for a string of train accidents and indicated his willingness to resign, may be moved to another ministry, the sources said.

The prime minister also needs to make room in his cabinet for representatives of enemy-turned-ally Nitish Kumar.

Politically, the messaging is not of huge proportions, with Mr. Shukla's inclusion seen as a replacement for Mr. Kalraj Mishra, former Union Minister for Medium and Small Scale Industries, a Brahmin face from U.P. The overwhelming message of the reshuffle is Prime Minister Modi's preoccupation with delivery systems within the government.

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Ms Davidson dismissed the criticism and said the Prime Minister has her "full support". I think it is fair to say that May's intervention was not perfectly calibrated.

"Our MPs are in Delhi".

Sengottaiyan's sudden meeting with a Union minister also fuelled rumours in Chennai that there might be a major shift in the state Cabinet in Tamil Nadu as Dinakaran has said that he was open to anyone but Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam for the post of chief minister. "I have got news about the Cabinet expansion only from media". Leading the race for new face is Anurag Thakur as he is MP from Himachal but sources indicate the BJP leadership may prefer to accommodate his father P.K. Dhumal than him.

The latest reshuffle will be the third after Modi came to power in 2014. One can not be sure if finance minister Arun Jaitley, who has been having the additional portfolio of defence ministry since the exit of Manohar Parrikar several months ago, will be shedding the defence portfolio.

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and junior ministers Sanjeev Balyan and Giriraj Singh also stepped down, NDTV 24X7 reported, citing unnamed sources.

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Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari's name is doing the rounds for Railway Minister's post. It will also see changes in health ministry (JP Nadda), agriculture (Radha Mohan Singh) and civil aviation, now held by the TDP, as crucial AI disinvestment will have to be undertaken.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, seen among the "good performers" in the Government, may be given an elevation and so may be the case with Commerce Minister Nirmala Seetharaman.

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