PM Narendra Modi Likely To Pick New Minister On Sunday

Cabinet Reshuffle Live Updates: PM Modi Likely To Pick New Minister On Sunday

PM Modi’s cabinet reshuffle likely to be held on Sunday will see new faces join BJP (File image)

New Delhi:  In an effort to begin prepping for the series of upcoming state elections and the 2019 elections, the party signaled a reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers, likely on Sunday. Sources say that three union ministers have resigned since yesterday. Among them are senior BJP leaders Uma Bharti and Rajiv Pratap Rudy. More ministers are expected to quit as part of the reshuffle. PM Modi’s new team will include at least two members from the BJP’s latest ally, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United.

Here are the live updates of the PM Modi’s Cabinet reshuffle:

Ahead of the reshuffle, the ministers were judged on how proactively and efficiently they set upon tasks assigned by the party, including the Sankalp Yatra, Tiranga Yatra, celebrations for the birth centenary of Deendayal Upadhyaya and “Teen Saal Bemisaal” programmes aimed at taking the government’s schemes and achievements to the masses. How each minister handled these campaigns and their promotion has been closely examined by the party.

“The person who can speak about this is BJP’s president (Amit Shah), or the person who he has nominated… only they can speak. I do not have the right to speak about this.” 

“I was asked to give my reaction to the news of my resignation, that the media has been playing up since last evening… I replied that I have not heard this question, neither will I, nor will i give an answer for it.”

An excel spreadsheet of the ministers and their rating was reportedly submitted to PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, and it was the reference point when decisions were taken on changes to the cabinet.

A performance review of ministers before a mega reshuffle likely on Sunday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government featured just two boxes – positive and negative – sources have told NDTV.

Among those expected to be picked as new ministers from the BJP are Bhupendra Yadav, who is in-charge of Gujarat, with an eye on elections in the state later this year. Also tipped to be new ministers are Prahlad Singh Patel and Prahlad Joshi from Karnataka where elections will be held next year.

On Thursday night senior BJP leaders Uma Bharti, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and  minister of state Sanjeev Balyan submitted resignations. Sources said Faggan Singh Kulaste and Kalraj Mishra are likely to quit too.


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