Modi to reshuffle his council of ministers

Posted September 02, 2017

The reshuffle has been expected for some time.

Third, had the Doklam crisis not been resolved amicably as indeed it was on August 28, Modi would have definitely been under vast pressure to appoint a full-fledged defence minister, because in that event a part-time defence minister would have been politically incorrect. "BJP sources said, "Unless something dramatic happens in the next 24 hours, it is unlikely that AIADMK will be inducted into the cabinet on Sunday", indicating that it can be done anytime afterwards whenever the Prime Minister wants".

A reshuffle in the cabinet has been due for months now.

A revamp of the cabinet has been on the cards for months because some ministers are holding multiple portfolios which is seen as a drag on efficiency.

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"No Cabinet Minister, including Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) moves a Cabinet note".

Arun Jaitley, who now holds the charge of two portfolios - Finance and Defence, may retain only one. Here is the list of ministers who resigned and those who offered to resign. "This is what he has been doing as the Gujarat Chief Minister. Because, the Prime Minister believes in complete concentration of power", party spokesperson Anand Sharma said here.

News reports said they were asked for their resignations by BJP party president Amit Shah.

On July 5, 2016 Prakash Javadekar was elevated to the Cabinet rank, and 19 new faces were inducted as ministers of state. It will also see changes in health ministry (JP Nadda), agriculture (Radha Mohan Singh) and civil aviation, now held by the TDP, as crucial AI disinvestment will have to be undertaken.

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In the first meeting, also attended by another top BJP leader, a detailed presentation on outreach plans for the states headed for elections in the coming years was delivered.

After the recent return of the Janata Dal (United) into the ruling NDA fold, two names making the rounds are Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's confidante Ramchandra Singh and former state CM Karpoori Thakur's son Ramnath Thakur -either for the Cabinet or a Minister of State. Asking officials to improve their work culture and adopt a sense of urgency and measurability in their performance, Modi said officers must fix clear targets to improve the tax administration by 2022, the 75th anniversary of Independence.

AIADMK leader Thambidurai had met Shah on Thursday, and he, besides party leaders P Venugopal and V Maitreyan, may be the likely representatives from the Tamil Nadu party if it decides to join the government.

But the seats are limited as the current strength of the council of ministers, including the prime minister, is 73 and the maximum number can not go beyond 81.

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