- Massive Cabinet reshuffle expected on Sunday
- New team will have at least two members from Nitish Kumar's JD (U)
- 3 ministers resigned Thursday, many more likely to quit today
The new team will also have at least two members from the BJP's new partner, the Janata Dal United of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar - Ram Chandra Prasad Singh and Santosh Kushwaha are tipped to be ministers.
Three union ministers resigned late on Thursday night to make way for new faces and, sources said, several more are likely to quit today. The mega exercise is expected to fill key cabinet vacancies and also bring into the council of ministers, leaders from states where elections will be held soon.
Bhupendra Yadav, who is the BJP's man in-charge of Gujarat, is among those likely to be made a minister. BJP chief Amit Shah has set a target of winning 150 of the 182 seats in assembly elections due in the state by the end of the year and an A-list central team led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will shape election strategy.
Apart from the key role he plays, Bhupendra Yadav is also from Rajasthan, where elections will be held next year.
Prahlad Singh Patel, who is from Madhya Pradesh, another state where elections will be held next year, could also be made a minister. Mr Patel has been a minister before in the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The name of BJP Rajya Sabha member from Maharashtra Vinay Sahasrabuddhe who is a party idealogue is doing the rounds as a possible new minister. As is that of Satyapal Singh, former police commissioner of Mumbai who defeated Uttar Pradesh politician Ajit Singh in his bastion Baghpat in the 2014 national election.
Kalraj Mishra, who is well over 75, the BJP's age limit for ministers is expected to resign. Despite his age, Mr Mishra had been retained with an eye on assembly elections in UP, which the BJP swept earlier this year.
Mr Balyan, sources said, is expected to be engaged in party work in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the 2019 parliamentary election, when the BJP hopes to replicate its 2014 performance - it had won 71 of the state's 80 Lok Sabha seats.
Mr Balyan is a Jat leader from Western UP and the induction of Satyapal Singh, also a Jat from the same belt, will balance his removal from the council of ministers.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy is also expected to be assigned a key organisational role. To keep his state Bihar represented, Buxar MP Ashwini Kumar Choubey could become a minister, sources said.
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