Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce a new council of ministers on Sunday, government sources confirmed. The union ceremony will take place around 10am at Rashtrapati Bhawan, a premiere under the newly elected president, Ram Nath Kovind. This will be the third – and perhaps the last – remodeling of Prime Minister Modi.
Following the pre-hearing ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head to China on Sunday afternoon to attend the BRICS Summit. The elimination of a shuffle on the cards grew after BJP President Amit Shah met with several union ministers and informed some of them that they would be given party work in building assembly elections key states Gujarat, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh in the coming months.
The new reorganization could also see deputies from these states receiving messages on the new council. At present, four junior ministers -Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahendra Nath Pandey-have resigned their posts.
Union Trade Union Minister Uma Bharti also offered to resign, but there was still no official word. Last week, after several train derailments, Railroad Minister Suresh Prabhu also offered to resign, but said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked him to wait.
There are currently three vacancies in the Council of Ministers arising from the withdrawal of former Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, who resigned as head of Goa and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Mr. Venkaiah Naidu, who has resigned and is now Vice President of India and the death of Anil Madhav Dave, who was MoS Environment and Climate Change (independent charge).
Last night, Shah would have taken to the official residence of Prime Minister Modi to discuss eventually the final list of the remodeling. However, there was no official confirmation of their meeting.