21 new faces likely in Modi2.0, Bihar tipped for lion's share
New Delhi, July 7, 2021
A new look Modi government will be unveiled on Wednesday evening as 21 new faces find their way into the Council of Ministers.
This will be the first big reshuffle of Modi2.0 and the names have been arrived at after much distillation and confabulations, looking at the 2022 election scenario with five states, including Uttar Pradesh, headed for assembly polls.
The reshuffle is likely to be dominated by Bihar with the Janata Dal (United) making a comeback followed by BJP nominations from Bengal.
The prominent names include Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sushil Modi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh who will be part of the massive reshuffle of the Union Cabinet.
The new Ministers in the Modi government who are likely to be sworn in include former Congress heavyweight from Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is now in the BJP, and former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi.
At the time of writing, the following had gone to the Prime Minister's residence:
1. Jyotiraditya Scindia,
2. Sarbananda Sonowal
3. Bhupendra Yadav
4. Anurag Thakur
5. Meenakshi Lekhi
6. Anupriya Patel
7. Ajay Bhatt
8. Shobha Karandjale
9. Sunita Duggal
14.Pashupati Nath Paras
BJP spokesperson and minority face Syed Zafar Islam is also tipped for a central government role.
Also on the list are former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane.
Alliance partner and Apna Dal chief, Anupriya Patel from Uttar Pradesh are among the probables. Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal who impressed with his Parliament speech is also being considered.
The reshuffle is being necessitated by some vacancies caused due to the death of Ram Vilas Paswan and the exits of the Akali Dal and the Shiv Sena from the ruling alliance.
The coming elections in UP are a factor in the reshuffle and also the need to add some heft to government with the entry of Bhupendra Yadav, a strong organisational face.
Former Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari is also among the probables. Along with Ghosh, Bengal MP, Locket Chatterjee and Shantanu Thakur are part of the contingent.
The JDU is likely to get 3-4 berths from Bihar as the BJP has accepted Nitish Kumar's demand. The JDU will be represented by Lalan Singh, RCP Singh, Ramnath Thakur and Dileshwar Kamait and Santosh Kushwaha. Amidst the significant churn in Bihar, Pasupati Paras who rebelled against Chirag Paswan is getting a central berth.
Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, MP from Manipur, and former Union Minister from Karnataka Ramesh Jigajinagi are among the probables.
Uttar Pradesh will be represented by several faces, including Sakaldeep Rajbhar, Rajya Sabha member, and Ajay Mishra, MP from Kheri.