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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an hour-long meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah and finance minister Arun Jaitley on Friday evening and was said to have discussed proposed changes in roles of at least two chief ministers keeping upcoming elections in mind.
With the forthcoming UP Assembly polls in mind, Modi is likely to make a major reshuffle in his Cabinet. Some new faces from UP are likely to get a Cabinet berth whereas, some mediocre performers will be shown the door.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah is also likely to get inflow of some new leaders in the organisation. In the rejig, which appears imminent, Shah is likely to get some new vice-presidents and general secretaries.
Riding high on the party’s performance in the just-concluded assembly polls that made local leaders the face of its campaign, Shah is set to announce his new team over the next few weeks, a move that could be timed with changes in the Union cabinet, too.
With Union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal set to take over as Assam chief minister on Wednesday, there will be a new face in the ministry.
The party leadership is mulling over the necessity of a change of guard in Gujarat where it will face 18 years of anti-incumbency in next year’s elections.
Chief minister Anandiben Patel met Modi last week to discuss the drought situation in Gujarat. She later denied any discussions about a leadership change in the state.
BJP circles are also abuzz about a new role for Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh but party sources maintained there was no decision yet. There has been a lot of speculation over the fate of some senior ministers but the party and government dismissed that, saying it was the PM’s prerogative.