PM Narendra Modi's cabinet reshuffle will be held at 10:30 am today, said President Kovind. (File image)
Nine new ministers will be take oath at 10:30 am today as Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejigs his cabinet, possibly for the last time till the 2019 elections, sources have said. Six ministers have resigned from the cabinet since Thursday evening. A new Defence Minister is expected to be appointed, so is a new Railways Minister in this mega reshuffle.
Here are the live updates of the PM Modi's Cabinet reshuffle:
Swearing-in ceremony of new ministers of the Union government will take place at 10.30 am on Sunday, September 3, at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Alphons Kannanthanam is a former IAS officer of the 1979 batch, Kerala cadre
- Became famous as Delhi's Demolition Man when he was Commissioner of the Delhi Development Authority
- Cleared DDA areas of encroachment removing around 15,000 illegal buildings
- Was listed in Time Magazine's list of 100 Young Global Leaders in 1994
- Set up Janshakti, an NGO in 1994, to get citizens to believe in their ability to make government accountable to people
- Elected as an Independent Member of Legislative Assembly for Kanjirappally in Kerala from 2006 to 2011
- Member of the Committee to prepare the final draft of the National Education Policy 2017
Satya Pal Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh
- Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs and Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Offices of Profit
- Has been the Commissioner of Police of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur
- Credited for breaking the backbone of organised crime syndicates in Mumbai in the 1990s
- Satya Pal Singh has written best-selling books, including on topics like tribal conflict resolution and Naxalism
- Has a MSc and MPhil in Chemistry, MBA in Strategic Management from Australia, MA in Public Administration as well as a PhD in Naxalism
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is a Lok Sabha MP from Jodhpur, Rajasthan
- Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Chairperson of the Fellowship Committee
- He is one of the most followed political leaders on Quora globally
- Currently is a Member of the All India Council of Sports and the President of Basketball India Players Association
- Has an MPhil and MA in Philosophy from Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur
Hardeep Puri is a former IFS officer of the 1974 batch
- Known for his experience and expertise in foreign policy and national security
- President and Chairman of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) think tank, and was the Vice President of International Peace Institute, New York
- He was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador to Brazil and the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative of India to Geneva
- Has served as Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the UN as well as President of the United Nations Security Council
Raj Kumar Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Arrah, Bihar
- Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Health and Family Welfare, Personnel, Pensions and Public Grievances and Law & Justice
- Former IAS officer of the 1975 batch, Bihar cadre; rose up the ranks to become the Home Secretary of India
- Known for his contributions to schemes for Police Modernization and Prison Modernization, and laying down a framework for Disaster Management
- Studied English Literature at St. Stephens College and got a Bachelors Degree in Law later
Anantkumar Hegde is a Lok Sabha MP from Uttara Kannada, Karnataka
- Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and Human Resource Development
- Elected as MP for the first time at age 28; has been a Lok Sabha MP for five terms
- Has been a member of multiple Parliamentary Standing Committees including Finance, Home Affairs, Human Resource Development, Commerce, Agriculture and External Affairs
- Founder President of Kadamba, an NGO working in the field of rural development, rural health, SHGs, rural marketing and other rural welfare programmes
- Also practices the martial art Tae-kwon-do
Virendra Kumar is a Lok Sabha MP from Tikamgah, Madhya Pradesh
- He has been a 6 term Lok Sabha MP
- Virendra Kumar is the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour
- Has been Chairman of the Joint Committee on Office of Profit and a Member of National Social Security Board
- Virendra Kumar has been a Member of the Parliamentary Committees on Labour and Welfare, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Privileges, Petroleum and Natural Gas
- He has been engaging youth in removing the barriers of caste and class, and works for building orphanages, schools for divyang and old age homes
- Highly qualified academically, Virendra Kumar has an MA in Economics and a PhD in Child Labour
Ashwini Kumar Choubey is a Lok Sabha MP from Buxar, Bihar
- Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates and Standing Committee on Energy
- Elected for 5 consecutive terms to the Bihar Legislative Assembly
- Has held important portfolios including Health, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering as a Cabinet Minister of the Government of Bihar for 8 years
- Having faced the disastrous Kedarnath floods with his family in 2013, Ashwini Kumar Choubey has authored a book Kedarnath Trasadi on the tragedy
- A BSc (Hons) in Zoology, he has a special interest in Yoga
Shiv Pratap Shukla is a Rajya Sabha MP from UP and is a Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development
- Was elected a Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly for 4 consecutive times in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1996
- Served as a Cabinet Minister in the UP government for 8 years, and is known for his work in Rural Development, Education and Prison reform during his tenure
- A Law Graduate with an LLB from Gorakhpur University, Shiv Pratap Shukla started off early in politics as a student leader in the 1970s
- He was imprisoned for 19 months under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) during the Emergency
Nine new ministers will take oath in PM Modi's cabinet tomorrow, say sources
The new faces to make it to the PM's team are Rajya Sabha member Shiv Pratap Shukla, Lok Sabha lawmakers Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Virendra Kumar, Anantkumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh, Satya Pal Singh and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Hardeep Singh Puri and Alphons Kannanthanam.
- Eight ministers including Uma Bharti, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjeev Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Kalraj Mishra and Bandaru Dattareya have resigned since late Thursday night, and sources said more resignations are expected to make way for new faces. Uma Bharti is said to have been upset about her resignation.
- Sources said that Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh could be asked to go.
- JD(U)'s Ram Chandra Prasad Singh and Santosh Kushwaha are tipped to be ministers.
- Sadananda Gowda, demoted from the Law Ministry to Statistics and Programme Implementation, is unlikely to lose being in the Cabinet due to elections in his state, Karnataka next year. Two more BJP leaders from Karnataka could become ministers.
- Evictions have been done on the basis of performance, though the changes in PM Modi's government are being made allegedly with an eye on assembly elections in several states and the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Ahead of the reshuffle, the ministers were judged on how proactively and efficiently they set upon tasks assigned by the party, including the Sankalp Yatra, Tiranga Yatra, celebrations for the birth centenary of Deendayal Upadhyaya and "Teen Saal Bemisaal" programmes aimed at taking the government's schemes and achievements to the masses. How each minister handled these campaigns and their promotion has been closely examined by the party.
"The person who can speak about this is BJP's president (Amit Shah), or the person who he has nominated... only they can speak. I do not have the right to speak about this."
"I was asked to give my reaction to the news of my resignation, that the media has been playing up since last evening... I replied that I have not heard this question, neither will I, nor will i give an answer for it."
An excel spreadsheet of the ministers and their rating was reportedly submitted to PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, and it was the reference point when decisions were taken on changes to the cabinet.
A performance review of ministers before a mega reshuffle likely on Sunday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government featured just two boxes - positive and negative - sources have told NDTV.
Among those expected to be picked as new ministers from the BJP are Bhupendra Yadav, who is in-charge of Gujarat, with an eye on elections in the state later this year. Also tipped to be new ministers are Prahlad Singh Patel and Prahlad Joshi from Karnataka where elections will be held next year.
On Thursday night senior BJP leaders Uma Bharti, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and minister of state Sanjeev Balyan submitted resignations. Sources said Faggan Singh Kulaste and Kalraj Mishra are likely to quit too.