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PM Modi’s cabinet braces for reshuffle on Sunday

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which completed three years in the office is bracing up for another cabinet reshuffle. Three union ministers have already resigned from the union cabinet, among them senior BJP leaders Uma Bharti and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, signalling a mega reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers, which will be held at 10 am on Sunday, a top government official said. It will be the third such exercise since he took over in May 2014.

“A process has been set in motion for the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan around 10 am on Sunday,” the official said. More ministers are expected to quit to make way for new faces as the ruling BJP prepares for a series of state elections and then the 2019 national election when PM Modi will be gearing up for a second term.

The recent cabinet reshuffle has seen minister of state Sanjeev Balyan resign. Sanjiv Kumar Balyan and Faggan Singh Kulaste have quit. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who resigned as Skills minister would likely to be given organisational post to boost party. Minister of state Mahendra Nath Pandey quit yesterday to become the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh chief, creating one more vacancy in the union council of ministers.

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