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Modi to induct 9 new faces in his Cabinet today; swearing-in at 10:30 am

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Sep 3, 2017, 8:28 am IST
Updated Sep 3, 2017, 9:48 am IST
Cabinet reshuffle and swearing in of new ministers will be held on Sunday morning ahead of PM's visit to China.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks for a Cabinet meeting at Parliament Library in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks for a Cabinet meeting at Parliament Library in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: With all eyes set on the cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, nine new faces are expected to be introduced in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs - Ashwini Kumar Choubey from Bihar, Shiv Paratap Shukla from Uttar Pradesh, Virendra Kumar from Madhya Pradesh, Anantkumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Satya Pal Singh, Alphons Kannanthanam will take oath on Sunday.

 

The new ministers will be taking oath at 10:30 am at the Rashtrapti Bhavan, on Sunday, President Ram Nath Kovind confirmed in a tweet.

Six ministers have resigned ahead of Sunday's re-shuffle.

File pictures of Union Ministers who have resigned from the NDA government ahead of the cabinet reshuffle. Top row from left, Uma Bharti, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Kalraj Mishra. Bottom left to right, Bandaru Dattatreya, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan and Rajiv Pratap Rudy. (Photo: PTI)File pictures of Union Ministers who have resigned from the NDA government ahead of the cabinet reshuffle. Top row from left, Uma Bharti, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Kalraj Mishra. Bottom left to right, Bandaru Dattatreya, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan and Rajiv Pratap Rudy. (Photo: PTI)

 

The rejig in the Union Cabinet is the third since 2014 after Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister.

After assuming office in May 2014, Modi expanded his council of ministers twice - first on November 9, 2014 and then on July 5, 2016.

Satyapal Singh one of the nine ministers to be inducted in Modi government said, "I have not been officially informed, but whatever is party and PM's decision I am ready for it."

The current strength of the council of ministers, including the Prime Minister, is 73 and the maximum number of ministers cannot go beyond 81.

 

According to a constitutional amendment, the limit cannot exceed beyond 15 per cent of the total strength of the Lok Sabha which is 545.

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