Departments may be removed from those handling multiple important departments. Prakash Javadekal, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Harshavardhan, Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani and Hardeep Singh Puri will have their portfolios reduced.
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Former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who played a major role in toppling the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal are reportedly new members.
Anupriya Patel will get another chance if she joins the Apna Dal cabinet in Uttar Pradesh.
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There will be ministers from the LJP and JDU parties. But it is not clear who will replace Ram Vilas Paswan, the late leader as Union Minister, from the LJP. Apart from the current party president Chirag Paswan, a close relative of Pasupathi Kumar Paras is also in the fray for the ministry.
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Bhupendra Yadav, who is in charge of Narayan Rane, Bihar and Gujarat from Maharashtra, and former Bengal president Dilip Ghosh are also likely to get a place in the reshuffle. Most of the cabinet members will be from the states where assembly elections are scheduled for next year. The current cabinet is 53 members. It is also likely to exclude some ministers whose performance is unsatisfactory.