Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to factor in polls in five states next year and the 2024 national election as he expands his cabinet for the first time in his second term.
The shuffle expected in a day or two may reward Jyotiraditya Scindia, whose defection from the Congress last year helped the BJP take back Madhya Pradesh; and Sarbananda Sonowal, who made way for Himanta Biswa Sarma as Assam Chief Minister after the BJP won a second term. In what would constitute a betrayal as far as Chirag Paswan is concerned, his uncle Pashupati Paras, who led a coup against him and split the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) last month, may scoop up the slot left vacant by the death of Ram Vilas Paswan - Chirag's father - last year.
Names of BJP MPs from Bengal doing the rounds
Kolkata: Names of Jagannath Sarkar , Nishith Pramanick, Shantanu Thakur, Locket Chatterjee and even West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh can be heard. However, in an exclusive interview with Free Press Journal, Dilip Ghosh said he wasn’t aware of the happenings and also claimed he would prefer to stay and work for West Bengal.
According to poll analyst, inclusion of Shantanu Thakur, Bongaon MP, will help the BJP to retain the Matua votes as due to the delay in implementing CAA, a section of Matua may likely rejoin TMC.