An Union Cabinet reshuffle is expected later this week, with reports suggesting that it might take place as early as tomorrow evening. While there has been no official announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held meetings with top Ministers and BJP leaders. Reports indicate that the reshuffle plans are nearing completion.
As per an update by news agency ANI that quoted sources, the expansion will take place this week. The appointment of Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot as the Governor of Karnataka earlier today is also being interpreted as a hint ahead of the reshuffle.
"I will be submitted my resignation from all three positions including Rajya Sabha MP and Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment tomorrow in person," Gehlot said.
For the last few weeks, Modi has been meeting Union ministers in groups with BJP president J P Nadda also being present in the exercise to review their works and gather feedback. The BJP brass has also held organisational meetings in different states.
Besides the Prime Minister, there are presently 53 officials in the Council of Ministers. Its maximum number can be 81. If the prime minister goes ahead with the exercise, this will the first expansion of the Council of Ministers since the 2019 elections that gave him a second term in office.
Over the last few hours, several leading politicians whose names have cropped up have begun making their way towards Delhi. BJP leaders Sarbananda Sonowal, the former Assam chief minister who made way for Himanta Biswa Sarma in the state, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sushil Modi are seen as strong ministerial probables. In Bihar, all eyes are also on all eyes are on whether Lok Janshakti Party's Pashupati Kumar Paras will be a part of the expansion.
Both Sonowal and Scindia have been photographed leaving for Delhi earlier today. According to reports, Janata Dal leader CP Singh has also reached Delhi today.
Further details awaited.