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Cabinet reshuffle likely to take place after monsoon session of Parliament

The strength of the Council of Ministers, including the Prime Minister, is 74 at present

IANS  |  New Delhi 

PM Narendra Modi chairs Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting (Image source: ANI)
PM Narendra Modi with Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting | Photo: ANI

A reshuffle of the Union is likely to take place after the of with four now holding additional charge besides the work originally allocated to them.

sources said the reshuffle could take place between August 12 and 15.

"There would be a reshuffle after the monsoon session, and it is likely to take place before Independence Day on August 15," a leader said.

The of is slated to end on August 11.

The talk of reshuffle has gained ground after the (BJP) chose its senior leader M. as its vice-presidential candidate. The portfolios he handled - Information and Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Development - were respectively given to and Narendra Singh Tomar.

Finance Minister is already holding charge of the Defence Ministry after resigned to become Goa Chief Minister. Union Science and Technology Minister Harshvardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the death of Anil Madhav Dave in May.

The has been criticising the government for not having a "full-time" Defence Minister amid border tensions with and

The last reshuffle took place in July last year in which Prime Minister inducted 19 new faces and elevated Minister of State for Environment to rank. Five junior ministers were also dropped.

sources said the impending may be large, and there could be some leaders drafted from the party into the government and vice-versa.

The strength of the Council of Ministers, including the Prime Minister, is 74 at present.

took over as Prime Minister on May 26, 2014, and the first expansion of his ministry took place in November 2014.

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First Published: Wed, July 19 2017. 03:20 IST