Modi likely to expand Union Cabinet soon; Jyotiraditya Scindia may be inducted as minister

5 July 2021, 3:53 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to expand the Union Cabinet by inducting some more ministers in the days to come, sources said on Monday.

The Union Cabinet reshuffle, which would be the first of PM Modi-led NDA government’s second term in office, is likely to see the induction of ministers from the five poll-bound states and also keeping in mind the 2024 general election, the sources said.

The Union Cabinet can have a maximum of 81 members. At the moment, there are 53 ministers. Therefore, there is ample scope for PM Modi for inducting 28 new faces into the Union Cabinet.

Sources also hinted said that nine Union Ministers, who have additional portfolios, may be relieved of some ministries.

Among those who are likely to be inducted in the new cabinet expansion, according to the sources, are Jyotiraditya Scindia, who left the Congress last year ahead of regime change in Madhya Pradesh, and Sarbananda Sonowal, who was replaced by Himanta Biswa Sarma as Assam Chief Minister after the BJP won a second term in the northeastern state in May.