As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to expand his cabinet by inducting 11 more new faces tomorrow, Sunday, Goa’s Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar resigned to day letting Laxmikant Parsekar to take over from him in Panaji, while in Mumbai Shive Sena leader Anil Desai, who is a Rajya Sabha member is tipped to become a cabinet minister in lieu of minimising the party berths in Maharashtra cabinet.
Apart from Parrikar, singer-turned-BJP MP Babul Supriyo is likely to be inducted from West Bengal as he is the sole MP from the state. West Bengal state Bharatiya Janata Party president Rahul Sinha confirmed this saying, ” It can safely be assumed that Babul Supriyo will be a Minister at the centre. He will meet the prime minister tomorrow and his portfolio would be announced then.”
In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena leader Anil Desai, a member of the Rajya Sabha, is tipped to be the party’s nominee for a berth in the union cabinet that will be expanded Sunday, party leaders said. A low profile, non-controversial performer behind the scenes, the 57-year-old Desai is currently a Rajya Sabha member and rated among the trusted aides of Thackeray.
From Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam leader and one of the richest industrialists in the blet Satyanarayana Rao is being tipped to get a role in the central cabinet.
Karnataka leader and railway minister Sadananda Gowda may be shifted to some other ministry and Shiv Sena MP Suresh Prabhu is likely to be given the portfolio, said some unconfirmed reports. Even BJP general secretary J. P. Nadda is being rumoured to have asked for the Health Ministry.
Other names making rounds are Hansraj Ahir for the Coal Ministry, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, and Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore. Ram Kripal Yadav, a former RJD leader who switched over to BJP and won from Patna, is likely to get a place in the Union Cabinet. Another face from Bihar Giriraj Singh and Haryana’s Choudhary Birender Singh are also tipped to be in Modi’s new cabinet.
In addition, Sanwar Lal Jat from Rajasthan and Jayant Sinha, former minister Yashwant Sinha’s son, are also in the list of probables, while Anurag Thakur, the son of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal is also pitching for a berth.
Col. Sonaram Chaudhary (Rajasthan), Niranjan Jyoti (UP), Ramesh Bias (Chhattisgarh), Bandaru Dattatreya (Telangana), Bhola Singh (UP), Gajendrasingh Shekhawat (Rajasthan) and Ashwini Choubey (Bihar) are some other names making the rounds.
Today’s cabiet swearing-in ceremony will take place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 1.30 pm and the event will be preceded by a breakfast meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the team. Currently, Modi’s Cabinet has 45 ministers, with 22 of Cabinet rank and another 22 of ministers of state.