Tashkent : Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of State Council meeting in Tashkent on Friday. PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla(PTI6_24_2016_000051B)
Tashkent : Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of State Council meeting in Tashkent on Friday. PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla(PTI6_24_2016_000051B)

New Delhi : The much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle is now tentatively fixed for July 5 after finding July 4 as an inauspicious day because of “Amavasya” and July 6 being Eid.  Even on July 7, Prime Minister Modi will have no time due to his scheduled tour of four African nations from that day.

Rashtrapati Bhawan sources said they have not yet received any message from the Prime Minister”s Office (PMO) to get ready for swearing in the new and promoted ministers. “We usually require a minimum of 48 hours to make all preparations and hence we do not expect it at least on Monday now since no intimation arrived till Saturday evening,” a Rashtrapati Bhawan official said.

The reshuffle may coincide with the changes in the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party. The much-delayed appointments of the central office-bearers and reconstitution of the national executive has been held up all these months to explore possibility of taking out some ministers for party duties and sending some office-bearers to the ministry, the party sources said.

They said the ministerial reshuffle will be mostly confined to appointment of the ministers of state (MoS), promotion of some MoSs and two, three cabinet ministers changing positions.

Modi had 5-hour long consultations on changes in the ministry and the party with BJP president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday night, followed by a review of the ministers” work the next day. This indicated that he is all set to go for the reshuffle, giving a short of a fortnight for the new ministers to be ready for Parliament session starting on July 18.

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