Modi Cabinet Reshuffle: Scindia, Sonowal arrive in Delhi

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It is believed that the total size of the cabinet may go up to 75 to 81 ministers
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Modi Cabinet Reshuffle: Scindia, Sonowal arrive in Delhi
Left: Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sarbananda Sonowal | Time8

Guwahati: The buzz of Modi cabinet ’s expansion soon was fueled on Tuesday when former Assam chief minister Sarbnananda Sonowal was summoned to the national capital. The former chief minister was reportedly reached Delhi while filing of this report.

Sources said that much awaited Modi cabinet’s expansion is likely to take place on July 8 at 10.30 am.

Sonowal was once a minister in the Union Sports Ministry before becoming the first BJP chief minister in 2016. Despite winning the polls for the second term, Sonowal vacated his post to make way for the state’s new chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Sources said, “Besides Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia and senior party MP Narayan Rane are also reaching Delhi anytime.” Scindia, who joined the BJP in March 2019, is still waiting to be given a ministerial berth after having delivered the results in Madhya Pradesh.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make the first rejig of the cabinet in his second term during the ongoing week. The Union cabinet which currently comprises of 52 faces is expected to add some 20 more ministers in the existing set up.

It is believed that the total size of the cabinet may go up to 75 to 81 ministers. Faces from BJP’s alliance partners like Janata Dal (United) JDU and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) may also be part of the ‘expanded’ cabinet, while ministers with extra portfolios may relieve extra posts for the new ministers.

Sonowal is also amongst those who are likely to be inducted in the new cabinet expansion.

The expansion is likely to see the induction of ministers from the five poll-bound states and also keeping in mind the 2024 general election, the sources said.

The Union cabinet which currently comprises of 52 faces is expected to add some 20 more ministers in the existing set up. 

Faces from BJP’s alliance partners like Janata Dal (United) JDU and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) may also be part of the ‘expanded’ cabinet, while ministers with extra portfolios may relieve extra posts for the new ministers.

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