Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, swearing-in of new ministers at 10 am

Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, swearing-in of new ministers at 10 am

Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, swearing-in of new ministers at 10 am

It is quite possible she may be moved to an insignificant ministry. Jaitley was made Defense Minister after Manohar Parrikar returned to Goa and Harsha Vardhana was given the Environment Ministry after the demise of Anil Madhav Dave.

While there are some vacancies, a number of senior ministers are also holding dual portfolios. Earlier Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's remark at a media event that he did not "hope" to continue as defence minister "for very long" had triggered intense media buzz about the possibility of a major Union Cabinet rejig on September 2.

Two ministers - Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Muzzafarnagar MP and minister Sanjiv Balyan - have resigned while Uma Bharti and medium and small scale industries minister Kalraj Mishra have offered to resign, political sources told Network18.

NDTV said the new-look council of ministers will include BJP leaders from states where elections will be held in the next few months, like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Railways minister Suresh Prabhu, who had offered to resign in the wake of recent train accidents could be on his way out too.

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On Thursday, leaders of Opposition parties, including DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Communist Party of India leader D Raja met President Ram Nath Kovind and submitted a petition seeking a confidence vote. However, reports said the AIADMK's entry might be delayed till the problems in the party were resolved. At least two members of the JD (U) are also likely to join Cabinet. Reports said the two leaders were likely to deliberate upon the changes in the Ministry, and approve the final list of Ministers to be shuffled and removed, apart from the new faces to be inducted. As many as eight Union ministers visited him.

The AIADMK and JDU which joined the NDA would also be getting prominence in the Cabinet.

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