Amid speculation of Cabinet reshuffle, PM Modi meets his ministers

Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in May 2014.

Amid speculation of Cabinet reshuffle, PM Modi meets his ministers
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Delhi: Amid speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met his ministers and reviewed important projects, official sources said.

After the Wednesday meeting, speculation mounted that PM Modi, who became the Prime Minister in May 2014, may carry out his first major ministerial reshuffle.

The sources said the union ministers most likely made presentations on the performance of their ministries to PM Modi, as per IANS.

Yesterday, the PM had met BJP president Amit Shah.

However, there was no official word on what transpired in the meeting yesterday and party sources played down its significance, saying such an exercise, which is also attended often by Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj, happens almost every month, as per PTI.

As per media reports, PM Modi may reshuffle his Cabinet on 4th or 5th June, before he leaves for Africa.

Speculation is rife that some MPs from poll-bound Uttar Pradesh may be included in the Cabinet.

Names of those who could be inducted in the Cabinet are - Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath, Saharanpur MP Raghav Lakhanpal, BJP's UP vice president Shiv Pratap Shukla, Etah MP Rajveer Singh and Mirzapur MP Anupriya Patel.

On the other hand, ministers who have either crossed the 75-year age limit or are nearing it may be dropped. Thus, Najma Heptulla, who holds the Minority Affairs portfolio, could be replaced by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

Another minister who could be dropped is Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh. 

(With Agency inputs)