Home >Politics >Policy >PM Narendra Modi likely to go for cabinet expansion
Vice presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu with BJP President Amit Shah and other party leaders on Monday. The cabinet reshuffle is expected after the monsoon session of Parliament. Photo: PTI
Vice presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu with BJP President Amit Shah and other party leaders on Monday. The cabinet reshuffle is expected after the monsoon session of Parliament. Photo: PTI

PM Narendra Modi likely to go for cabinet expansion

M. Venkaiah Naidu's almost certain election as the next vice president will leave two portfoliosI&B and urban developmentwithout cabinet ministers

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to go for a Cabinet expansion as senior minister M. Venkaiah Naidu’s almost certain election as the next vice president will leave two heavyweight portfolios without a cabinet minister.

Naidu, at present, is union minister for information and broadcasting, and urban development.

Already, two key ministries—defence and environment—are without a full-time minister. Finance minister Arun Jaitley and science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan are holding the additional charge of these two portfolios respectively.

Naidu, whose candidature as the NDA’s vice presidential candidate was announced on Monday, currently holds charge of the ministries of information and broadcasting and urban development.

People from BJP who are aware of the development said a reshuffle in the Union council of ministers is expected after the monsoon session of Parliament, and some new faces could also be inducted into the Cabinet.

While Manohar Parrikar’s move to Goa as its chief minister in March left the defence ministry without a full- time Cabinet minister, the death of Anil Dave in May caused a vacancy in the environment ministry.

Prime Minister Modi first expanded his cabinet in November 2014 when he inducted 21 new faces, including Parrikar as defence minister. In July last year, Modi undertook another reshuffle in which he appointed Prakash Javadekar as the human resource development minister, replacing Smriti Irani, who was shifted to textiles.

Subscribe to Mint Newsletters
* Enter a valid email
* Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.

Click here to read the Mint ePaperMint is now on Telegram. Join Mint channel in your Telegram and stay updated with the latest business news.

Close
x
×
My Reads Redeem a Gift Card Logout