Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to expand cabinet on July 8
Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to expand cabinet on July 8

The government has confirmed that new ministers will be added to the Union cabinet at 6pm today. Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President J P Nadda and probable new ministers are arriving at PM House ahead of Cabinet expansion. This will be the first reshuffle in his Council of Ministers by Modi since he assumed charge for a second term in May 2019. Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda, Meenakshi Lekhi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Purshottam Rupala, Nisith Pramanik, RCP Singh, Pashupati Paras are already present at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle. The new cabinet will be the "youngest-ever" in India's history, top government sources say. The shake-up is also expected to bring in a greater share of ministries for OBCs (Other Backward Class).

Here is a list of ministers who may be sworn in:

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane may be sworn in as Cabinet minister this evening. Nandurbar MP Heena Gavit and Pritam Munde, Lok Sabha MP from Beed also to be made minister. Kapil Patil, Lok Sabha MP from Bhiwandi, Maharashtra, is also among the list of inclusions.

Anupriya Patel and Jyotiraditya Scindia are likely to be taking oath as ministers.

Former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to be made Cabinet minister.

Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi to also likely be sworn in.

Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur is likely to get a promotion.

Sunita Duggal, MP from Sirsa, Haryana also on the list. Ajay Bhatt, Lok Sabha MP from Uttarakhand to be made minister.

B.L. Verma, Rajya Sabha MP and Uttar Pradesh BJP Vice President may be made minister.

Janata Dal (U) national president and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Chandra Prasad Singh is also in the list of names to be made ministers.

BJP general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav also to be made minister.

The list is tentative and may throw up some surprises. More details awaited.

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