Cab­i­net reshuf­fle likely this week

Mint ST - - THE BRIEFING -

New Delhi: There is strong buzz in the cap­i­tal that a long-pend­ing reshuf­fle of the Union cab­i­net may take place soon, may be as early as this week. Se­nior lead­ers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) be­lieve the ex­pan­sion of the coun­cil of min­is­ters can hap­pen be­fore Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi leaves for China on 3 Septem­ber to at­tend a BRICS (Brazil, Rus­sia, In­dia, China, South Africa) Sum­mit. Mem­bers of the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA) ar­gue that while cab­i­net ex­pan­sion and a pos­si­ble reshuf­fle has been due for a long time, the changes in the Union cab­i­net this time would re­flect the ex­pand­ing elec­toral clout of the coali­tion—most re­cently Ni­tish Ku­mar dumped his Janata Dal United’s al­liance part­ner Lalu Prasad of the RJD and re­turned the BJP. PAGE 18

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