PM Modi reshuffle the Cabinet on Sunday, may induct dozen new faces before 2019 elections- Seeking 2019 elections Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to induct new faces in his council of ministers on Sunday. In a major revamp of his team, he can re-allocate some ministers to other important ministries. The new ministers will be sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which will start at 10am on Sunday.
Among the names doing the rounds in BJP as likely contenders for ministerial posts are former Mumbai police commissioner Satypal Singh, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe from Maharashtra, Prabhat Jha from Madhya Pradesh, Prahlad Joshi from Karnataka, Mahesh Giri from Delhi, Ashwini Choubey from Bihar, Harish Dwivedi from Uttar Pradesh, Suresh Angadi and Shobha Karandlaje from Karnataka and Rakesh Singh from Madhya Pradesh.
BJP sources said that ministers with independent charges like Manoj Sinha, Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan, could be in contention for promotion as Cabinet ministers.
Two JDU leaders Santosh Kumar and RCP Singh are also nominees for ministerial positions at the Centre.
Labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya resigned on Friday, adding to the list of at least seven ministers who have put in their papers in the past forty-eight hours to make way for new faces.
Re-shuffling his team, Modi is expected to keep a balance between his agenda of governance by plugging gaps in terms of competence and dynamism in his team. BJP sources said he is likely to put a premium on performance in the re-allocation of ministries.
At least eight out of 73 members of the Union Council of Ministers can be excluded. There can be a maximum of 81 members, which gives the Prime Minister the option of inducting at least 15 new faces in the government. However there is less possibility to fill up all vacancies.
The ministers who have resigned include two cabinet ministers, Uma Bharti and Kalraj Mishra and five ministers of state, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Giriraj Singh, Faggan Singh, Sanjeev Balyan, Kulaste and Mahendra Nath Pandey.
The additional charge of ministries of information and broadcasting, environment and forests, and urban development and housing has already given to four ministers.
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said it was the Prime Minister’s prerogative to shuffle and reshuffle his council of ministers. “I don’t see much talent that he has. He may appoint anyone and remove anyone and change any portfolios (but) that will make zero difference because this is the Prime Minister who believes in complete concentration of power.”
“We have a cabinet form of government, but is it functioning like a cabinet form? Key ministries for more than three years are without a cabinet minister which has never happened. Why? So, that all policy papers which originate from the cabinet minister’s signature, are prepared in the PMO. This is what he was doing as the chief minister of Gujarat. That is exactly what he is doing now to India.”