Union Cabinet expansion soon: 28 new ministers likely, including Sonowal and Scindia

At first glance

Sushilkumar Modi and Narayan Rane may be ministers

The JDU may also be represented in the cabinet this time

New Delhi: Union Cabinet expansion soon. It is reported that 25 new ministers are likely to be included in the first reshuffle since the second Modi government came to power. The cabinet will get more seats from the states where assembly elections are to be held next year. There is currently a 53-member cabinet. It is also possible to exclude some ministers whose performance is unsatisfactory

The current cabinet has 51 members. There are indications that a maximum of 28 people may be included in the new cabinet. Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushilkumar Modi, former Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, who played a key role in toppling the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, and Sarbananda Sonowal, who vacated the post of Chief Minister for Himanta Biswa Sharma in Assam, are all set to win cabinet posts.

Who will replace LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, who died as Union Minister, remains a suspense? Apart from the current party president Chirag Paswan, a close relative of Pasupathi Kumar Paras is also in the fray for the ministry. Recently, the faction led by Pashupati Paras split from Chirag Paswan’s faction.

Nitish Kumar’s JDU may also be represented in the cabinet this time. The Union Ministry in 2019 was rejected by the JDU. There are indications that the party may get two ministries in the reshuffle.

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 seats in the Modi cabinet.

Uttar Pradesh, a crucial state where assembly elections are scheduled for next year, is likely to get at least six new cabinet ministers.

New ministers are likely to come from Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Haryana, Odisha, Maharashtra and Delhi.