BJP's new allies may get Cabinet berths in reshuffle

Union Cabinet reshuffle likely this weekend

The cabinet revamp was the cards for weeks because some ministers are holding multiple portfolios adding to their burden and the fact that Modi wants to improve governance before BJP goes to fresh parliamentary polls in 2019.

Firstpost had earlier written that Modi has another 18 months to deliver before the 2019 General Elections to Lok Sabha begins.

This is one of the key metrics on which the Prime Minister is undertaking the Cabinet reshuffle. For instance, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is handling several important portfolios.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who has received a lot of flak for numerous train accidents during his tenure, is also likely to be shifted out.

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A couple of ministers from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and JD U are expected to take oath. Of these four parliamentarians, Khanduri, Koshiyari and Nishank have helmed the state as former chief ministers. It remains to be seen whether the two ministries would be merged to form a mega transport ministry on the lines of China as NITI Aayog had recommended in its presentation to PM Modi way back in 2014. Yes, efforts have been made, which expose the unprincipled politics of the BJP and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The Modi government is on the cusp of purchasing defence equipment and armaments to the tune of Rs 2 lakh crore. His Housing and Urban Affairs portfolio went to Narendra Singh Tomar as additional charge. He was given the Defence Ministry after Manohar Parikkar's resignation, who then became Goa's chief minister. The environment ministry was reassigned to Harsh Vardhan as an additional charge after the death of minister Anil Dave.

In July, M Venkaiah Naidu resigned from the union cabinet after being picked up as the NDA nominee for the post of vice president of India.

Besides, Ravi Shankar Prasad holds two portfolios - Law and Justice and Information-Technology. According to sources, Irani could be retained as I&B Minister. Besides, several senior ministers may be sent on gubernatorial assignment as there are seven states without a governor at the moment. A few ministers could be considered for this. Exit of 76-year-old Kalraj Mishra as minister nearly seems a fait accompli.

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. Modi, in his address to tax officials on the first day of the two-day annual conference of tax administrators, Rajaswa Gyan Sangam, also emphasised that the honest taxpayers can not continue to pay the price for the misdeeds of the dishonest and that tax officers need to come up with a time-bound solution for "tax raised and not realised".

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