New Delhi: A cabinet reshuffle is likely but a date has not been fixed for it yet, BJP president Amit Shah said on Friday.
Asked at a press conference if a cabinet reshuffle is likely to happen, Shah said, “We will do it but the date has not been decided yet.” Probed further about the issue, he said, “Do not think of me as being so naive that I will discuss cabinet reshuffle with the media.”
Some vacancies have arisen in in recent months. Sarbananda Sonowal, who resigned as minister of state of youth affairs and sports, quit before taking over as Assam chief minister.
Minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla, now above 75 years, may be given the post of Governor in a state as she has crossed the age cut-off mark.
Minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla may also be dropped as he is now BJP Punjab unit chief.
Those said to be likely to get a berth in Modi’s team are Sushil Modi, who has got a Rajya Sabha nomination from Bihar; Bhupendra Yadav; and some MPs from Uttar Pradesh where elections are due early next year.
In reply to another question, Shah said various political aspects and configurations are always taken into consideration in any cabinet formation or reshuffle. Shah held the press interaction to enumerate the achievements of Narendra Modi government in the two years since its formation.
He described the NDA government as a “decisive, corruption-free” dispensation.
“I have no hesitation is saying that this is a decisive government which makes policies and also implements them with a political will. After a long period of ten years of corrupt rule, a corruption free government has been formed under Narendra Modi,” Shah said.
BJP’s political opponents have not succeeded in levelling any charges of corruption against the NDA government, he said.