Cabinet rejig today, 9 new faces likely

Home, Defence, Finance and External Affairs to remain unchanged

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to reshuffle his council of ministers today and induct nine new faces in what will be the first such major exercise since he took over the reins in May 2014, claimed party sources.

“Cabinet expansion tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11 am,” Principal spokesperson and Director General of Press Information Bureau Frank Noronha tweeted without divulging specifics.

But BJP sources said a dozen names were doing the rounds for induction, promotion or ouster. They also said that at least nine new faces would find a place in the ministerial council while three others were likely to be promoted to the cabinet.

Also, the top four — Home, Defence, Finance and External Affairs — berths will remain sacrosanct.

Up for promotion

Piyush GoyalCurrent designation: MoS (Independent charge) for Power, Coal, and New and Renewable Energy
- Piyush Goyal

Current designation:
MoS (Independent charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas
- Dharmendra Pradhan

Current designation: MoS (Independent charge) for Minority Affairs
- Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

On cloud 9

The new faces
Anupriya Patel (Lok Sabha, Uttar Pradesh)
Mahendra Nath Pandey (Lok Sabha, Uttar Pradesh)
Krishna Raj (Lok Sabha, Uttar Pradesh)
Arjun Ram Meghwal (Lok Sabha, Rajasthan)
PP Chaudhary (Lok Sabha, Rajasthan)
SS Ahluwalia (Lok Sabha, West Bengal)
Purushottam Rupala (Rajya Sabha, Gujarat)
Anil Desai (Rajya Sabha, Maharashtra)
Ajay Tamta (Lok Sabha, Uttarakhand)

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