PM Modi meets JP Nadda, Amit Shah, other union ministers amid Cabinet reshuffle buzz

PTI sources said a reshuffle of the Union cabinet could be part of a larger exercise by the BJP leadership to revitalize their state organizations and governments.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Interior Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda on June 11 amid speculation over a reshuffle in the Union’s cabinet, an exercise Modi has not undertaken since forming his second government in May 2019, a growing excitement over the cabinet expansion in Uttar Pradesh after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met the leaders of the BJP during his two-day visit to the state capital. However, PTI sources added that Modi has recently met with Union ministers in various groups and Nadda was also present at the meetings.

The deliberations among leading BJP leaders at the prime minister’s residence took place a day after Shah also met party allies from Uttar Pradesh, including Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal, who was a minister in the first Modi government but not in the next has been recorded. There was no official word from the party on these deliberations. The BJP has recently undertaken a review of its organizational and governmental work in various states. Nadda had also held a meeting with the party’s general secretaries to review the Saffron Organization’s relief work during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its performance in the latest gathering polls.

As the party prepares for the next round of general elections in five states early next year, including Uttar Pradesh, it is expected to take various measures to strengthen its social balance. Of these five states, the BJP is in power alongside Uttar Pradesh in Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, while Congress in Punjab takes the helm. BJP General Secretary (Organization) BL Santhosh, who has often participated in the confabulation among the BJP top members, recently visited Uttarakhand and Goa in addition to Uttar Pradesh.

In addition to Adityanath, another leader who recently met Modi, Shah and Nadda is Suvendu Adhikari, the opposition leader in West Bengal, a key state in the BJP’s political plans, where he suffered a setback on Friday when its national vice president Mukul Roy stepped in of the Trinamool Congress. Sources said the party leadership could take a number of steps to revitalize their state organizations and governments, and reshuffle the Union cabinet could be part of the larger exercise. Modi’s meetings with ministers should be seen in the context of a series of deliberations the party has undertaken at the national and state levels, they said.

Three such meetings of Union ministers with the prime minister have so far taken place at the prime minister’s residence, and they lasted for hours, PTI sources said. Several ministers also gave presentations, they added. Previously ministers – both the cabinet and their deputies – with responsibilities for agriculture, rural development, animal husbandry and fisheries, tribal affairs, urban development, culture, statistics and program implementation, civil aviation, railways, food and consumer affairs, Jal Shakti, petroleum, steel and the environment were among those called to attend the meetings, they said.

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