Union Cabinet Expansion In August
New Delhi: All is set for expansion of the Narendra Modi Cabinet.
Top BJP sources reveal that it will take place in August, as political alignments have changed in the recent past and new parties and people are likely to get berths in the Cabinet.
They pointed out that JD (U), which has recently allied itself with BJP in Bihar to form a new government, might bag two ministries. There is speculation that the ruling faction of AIADMK too may find a representation in the Cabinet.
Vacancies in the Union Ministry include those following resignation of Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who will be contesting for the post of Vice President. Defence Ministry fell vacant when Manohar Parrikar moved to Goa as the State’s Chief Minister. Another vacancy is following the sudden demise of Anil Dave.
There are no full-time ministers for Defence and Environment. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Science and Technology Minister Harshavardhan respectively have taken them up as additional responsibility.
Such additional responsibilities may be allotted by inducting more people into the Union Cabinet in view of elections to the Lok Sabha in 2019.