Cabinet reshuffle will happen soon, but no date has been fixed as of yet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah confirmed in a press conference on Friday at the BJP headquarters. Though the BJP leader did not specify any date, it is speculated that the change would take place on the first week of June. Earlier reports suggested that the new Cabinet would include more RSS functionaries.
There would be no changes in top ministerial berths in the finance, home, railways, defence, urban development, external affairs and information and broadcasting ministries, sources revealed. The allowed strength of the Cabinet is 81 and there are only 65 ministers. “The Prime Minister can induct 16 more without dropping any minister,” a senior party functionary said. With seven ministers from Bihar, there is speculation that two of them could be sent back to the state for party work. The Prime Minister is expected to go in for a Cabinet reshuffle by June 6, sources said.
While there is talk of the government planning to bring more UP faces into the Cabinet, it was learnt that even this exercise would be minor since the Modi Cabinet already has the maximum number of ministers from Uttar Pradesh. Of 65 ministers in the Modi Cabinet 13, including the Prime Minister, represent the state. The major exercise, in fact, is expected to be carried out in the organisation and more RSS functionaries are expected to be drafted for party work. At this juncture in the central leadership there are five RSS men drafted for party work.