Sunday, 19 August, 2018

India PM plans to reshuffle his cabinet, ministers offer to quit

RSS leaders during three-day annual meeting of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh at Keshav Dham Vrindavan near Mathura on Friday RSS leaders during three-day annual meeting of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh at Keshav Dham Vrindavan near Mathura on Friday
Melinda Barton | 01 September, 2017, 02:18

The ministers included Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has also been looking after the Defence Ministry since Parrikar moved to Goa.

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.

The BJP chief will also be camping in Mathura from September 1-3 to attend the RSS meeting, which will be attended by all the 40 affiliate wings.

Apart from holding talks with the PM on the Cabinet reshuffle, the BJP president met several party leaders, to strategies for the Gujarat Assembly polls where the party aims to win 150 out of the 182 Assembly seats and score the fifth consecutive victory. Junior Health Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste were also learnt to have been summoned by the BJP president.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to go for a last Cabinet rejig this week before the 2019 General Elections.

Sources in BJP said that prime minister was not happy with the work of the minister who have been asked to quit the government. The Assembly polls are slated for later this year. In 2007 and 2002, two other polls it fought under Modi, it had won 117 and 127 seats.

The ruling party, which suffered a serious setback earlier in August when it failed to block the re-nomination of veteran Congress leader Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha election that had become a prestige issue, is now pinning its hopes on the visits by Modi, the star campaigner of the party. The state has witnessed a lot of development under Modi and it has to be continued, Yadav said today, adding that organisational matters related to the state elections were discussed in the meeting.

While JD (U), the new partner of NDA, is all set to join the government, the BJP is keen to bring AIADMK in as well.