JP Nadda
JP Nadda
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New Delhi

BJP Chief J P Nadda and Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Hardeep Singh Puri and Kiran Rijiju were present in the meeting held at the party national headquarters here.

National General Secretary, Bhupendra Yadav and other national office bearers were also present at the meeting which lasted for over two hours.

Sources said that preparations for the five poll bound states, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur were discussed by the saffron party leaders.

Recently, BJP national general secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh had visited Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to take stock of the ground situation. He also collected feedback from MLAs, Ministers and cadre during his visit.

"With today's meeting of top party leaders, BJP started working on its 'Mission 2022' for these poll bound five states. Plans for these states were discussed and the party will start it's poll activities as per plan in the coming days," a party insider said.

After discussing the poll preparations for the five states with the Union ministers, Nadda will be holding a meeting with the party general secretaries to discuss organisational activities in the evening.

Jyotiraditya Scindia
Jyotiraditya Scindia
Kailash Vijayvargiya
Kailash Vijayvargiya

Union Cabinet expansion on the cards, 27 in the list of probables

New Delhi

Though there has been no official word on cabinet expansion or reshuffle, but speculation has once again gathered pace as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met political leaders from Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). As many as 27 probable, including heavyweights Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sushil Modi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and Bhupender Yadav could be part of the massive reshuffle of the Union Cabinet reportedly imminent.

The new ministers in the Narendra Modi government, who are likely to be sworn in include former Congress heavyweight from Madhya Pradesh, Scindia, who is now in the BJP; former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi; senior BJP organisational heavyweights party general secretary, Bhupender Yadav from Rajasthan and Kailash Vijayvargiya, from Madhya Pradesh, who was in charge of the BJP campaign in West Bengal. BJP spokesperson and minority face Syed Zafar Islam is also tipped for a central government role.

Also on the master list are former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and former Maharashtra CM Narayan Ra­ne, besides, Maharashtra Beed MP Pritam Munde and Gopinath Munde's daughter is on the reshuffle candidates list.

From Uttar Pradesh which is headed for 'make or break' elections for the BJP next year, BJP UP chief Swatantra Dev Singh, a certainty; Pankaj Chaudhary, MP from Maharajganj, Varun Gandhi, and alliance partner, Anupriya Patel are among the probables. There is a sizeable contingent from Rajasthan, including former Union Ministers in the Modi government P.P. Choudhry, youngest MP from Rajasthan hailing from Churu, Rahul Kaswan and Sikar MP Sumedhanand Saraswati.

The lone entrant from Delhi will be New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Amid the significant churn in Bihar, Pasupati Paras who rebelled against Chirag Paswan is likely getting a central berth from LJP, as are JDU nominations RCP Singh and Santosh Kumar.

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