Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday reshuffle his council of ministers at a ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The function, on Tuesday, will take place at 11 am, days ahead of PM Modi’s four-nation tour of Africa.
The reshuffle is important as the government needs to fill vacancies before the commencement of the Monsoon Session of Parliament that begins July 18.
According to sources, with elections in Uttar Pradesh due in March next year, the reshuffle is expected to boost several leaders from the BJP, and its allies in Uttar Pradesh.
Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel and BJP MP from Saharnapur Raghav Lakhanpal are likley to be among the fresh faces in the Cabinet.
Last week, the Prime Minister and BJP President Amit Shah had a closed-door meeting that lasted over three hours where it was understood that the two leaders discussed the reshuffle as well as a rejig in the party organisation.
While it was not known what the meetings were about, sources indicate that the two leaders discussed the cabinet reshuffle both at the Centre and at the state-level.
The last cabinet reshuffle took place in November 2014.