Change in Modi Cabinet: New Roles can be assigned to Shah and Jaitley.

Vishal Chauhan, 24/05/2019
Change in Modi Cabinet: New Roles can be assigned to Shah and Jaitley.

As the BJP surges ahead comfortably in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sources in the government indicate that major changes can be expected in the Cabinet if Narendra Modi returns as prime minister.

This shuffle is likely to affect some of the top portfolios including the Home ministry and Finance ministry. BJP leaders who have inched the party towards victory in the Lok Sabha polls are likely to be rewarded by Narendra Modi.

Plum Portfolio for Amit Shah?

Image result for amit shah

After holding the portfolio of MoS Home in Gujarat, the BJP president could be awarded the Home ministry in the Central government. This could mean a change in berth for present Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Shah’s induction into the Cabinet would also leave the position of BJP chief open.

Sources say the reins of the party president could end up in the hands of Shipping and Road Transport minister Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda. This could mean further shuffling of the portfolios already held by the two BJP leaders.

A New Role for Arun Jaitley?

Image result for arun jaitley

A slew of BJP’s economic policies in the last five years, executed under the leadership of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have received much criticism. This includes demonetisation and GST. With Jaitley’s health problems over the last few years, the Modi government could replace him with an alternative.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal could be a viable option for handling charge of the Finance Ministry. Goyal took over temporary additional change of the portfolio between May and August 2018, during Jaitley’s absence for medical treatment.

Will Sushma Swaraj Remain Foreign Minister?

Related image

One of the top performing ministers in the Modi Government, Sushma Swaraj has been battling health problems for months now. In November 2019, Swaraj has stated that she would not be contesting polls due to her health problems. This could mean another BJP leader could take charge of the External Affairs portfolio.

Key Berths for Alliances?