As the speculation about the Union Cabinet expansion rages, Republic TV has accessed information about the new Ministerial faces in PM Modi's team. Sources have revealed that Apna Dal (S) leader Anupriya Patel, ex-Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane, former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and LJP president Chirag Paswan's uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras have been summoned to Delhi which implies that they have a strong chance of being a part of the Modi Cabinet. The other names in the race for a Ministerial berth include Pritam Munde, Zafar Islam, Locket Chatterjee, etc.
As per sources, Union Ministers such as Narendra Singh Tomar, Dharmendra Pradhan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani might be divested of their additional portfolios. Meanwhile, the crucial meeting which PM Modi is supposed to chair at his residence will now take place at about 10 pm on Tuesday. Senior leaders such as BJP president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are slated to attend this meeting.
On July 4, Shah and BJP general secretary (organisation) BL Santhosh reportedly confabulated with the PM for several hours regarding the Union Cabinet reshuffle. While the current strength of the Union Council of Ministers is 53 besides PM Modi, only 27 more Ministers can be inducted. If he goes ahead with the exercise, this will mark the first-ever Cabinet expansion exercise since the NDA government assumed power in May 2019.