Triggering off speculation about the long awaited Cabinet reshuffle, PM Modi met home minister Amit Shah and party president J P Nadda on Friday. The meeting assumed even more significance after UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s meetings with the same personages in the capital. A reshuffle in UP which goes to the polls next year is also not being ruled out.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meet PM Modi and BJP chief J.P. Nadda on what sources said were issues regarding “governance and the coming Assembly polls next year.” The UP CM was apparently asked to “take everyone along” in the party and the government.
Thereafter meetings took place with small groups of five-six ministers where their work was evaluated and discussed. It appears that the impending reshuffle may finally take place either on June 13 or June 20.
The meetings are being seen as an attempt to shore up the BJP‘s prospects in UP ahead of the election and could also be linked to an upcoming Cabinet reshuffle at the Centre. There is a perception that the BJP‘s chances of returning to power in UP next year may have diminished amid the COVID-19 crisis. In an indication of unease among the party’s allies in UP, several of them had met Amit Shah recently.
A report states that, the Centre’s strategies for UP cannot be far removed from Mr. Adityanath’s own plans and our reports indicate that the final settlement reached yesterday favours the CM. This internal tussle in the BJP and the question whether the BJP indeed is on sticky wicket in UP are what make this story important.
Names of Sarabananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Chirag Paswan, Trivendra Rawat, Anupriya Patel, Sushil Modi, Meenakshi Lekhi, Jayant Sinha, Mahesh Jethmalani, Rajiv Ranjan and Lallan Singh were discussed as possible new inductees. Some like Anupriya Patel, Jayant Sinha and Sonowal have earlier been in the Union Cabinet.
Many of the existing ministers have multiple portfolios, some of which may be shed in favour of the new inductees. Portfolios which could see changes:
-Industry and commerce
Defence, home, finance will clearly remain the same as none is likely to be disturbed.