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Amid Speculation over Cabinet Expansion at Centre, PM Modi Meets Amit Shah and JP Nadda at Prime Minister’s Residence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held deliberations with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda at Prime Minister’s residence.

A meeting between the BJP’s Big Three PM Modi, Amit Shah, and JP Nadda has signaled big changes ahead based on the assessment of how the ministers performed. There is also talk of major social schemes to be introduced in the next few days as the party starts their preparation for the important Elections next year including Uttar Pradesh.

Since it is a performance review, it has further fueled speculation of a cabinet expansion that is said to be long overdue. Two reasons are being attributed for the exercise. First, a lot of ministers are handling multiple portfolios and a need has been felt to take off some of their load. Further, a need is being felt to give more representation to the allies in the Union Cabinet ahead of crucial Assembly Elections next year.

The deliberations among the top BJP leaders at the PM’s residence came a day after Amit Shah met UP Party allies including Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel, who was a minister in the first Modi government.

For the unversed the Prime Minister can have up to 79 ministers which mean there are more than two dozen vacancies in the Union Cabinet. The review meeting comes days after the Prime Minister announced that the centre would take full control of the vaccination process from states and will provide free Vaccines to everyone above 18 from June 21.

The BJP has been reviewing its organization and government works in various states. Nadda has held a meeting with the party general secretaries where, besides the relief work carried out during the Covid Pandemic, the BJP performance in the recent Assembly Polls was reportedly reviewed.

It may be noted that Modi 2.0 cabinet has not seen any reshuffle and expansion since the government came to power for their second consecutive tenure in May 2019.

However, there is no official word from the party on these deliberations. But if recent developments and speculations are to be believed then we may see a cabinet expansion today.

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