From Bhupen Goswami
GUWAHATI : Former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will be given a new responsibility by the BJP’s central leadership keeping in mind his past experience both in the state and at the Centre. A high level source of BJP said this in Guwahati today. Sarbananda Sonowal will be the cabinet minister of Modi government.
A BJP central source said that before the Monsoon session of the House, the sound of expansion of the Union Cabinet has started to be heard. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reviewing the work of his ministers.According to sources, the work of about two dozen ministers has been reviewed so far. Soon the work of reviewing the work of all the ministries will be completed. There are currently 60 ministers in the Modi government, while according to the constitution, their number can be up to 79. Many ministers have two to three ministries.
By the way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi keeps reviewing the work of various ministers and their ministries from time to time. But this time the exercise is being seen in relation to future expansion.On Friday evening also, the Prime Minister, along with BJP President JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah, reviewed the work of some ministries. is. Apart from him, there are 21 cabinet and 9 ministers of state with independent charge and 29 ministers of state in the team of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. With some ministers having multiple ministries, the total number of colleagues in the Council of Ministers is 54.According to sources, the names of those who can be included in the future reshuffle and expansion of the Council of Ministers are former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, Baijayant Panda. In the expansion of this time, conditions can be created to include Janata Dal-U as well.
There is not even a single cabinet minister from the BJP allies in the Modi government.Among the allies, Ramdas Athawale of the Republican Party is the only minister of state. In such a situation, some other allies can also be given space in expansion. According to sources, the first extension of the second term of the Modi government can be done by the end of this month or early next month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with BJP President JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah, has been reviewing the work of various ministries for the past few days.Usually such an exercise is done before cabinet reshuffle and expansion.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said “I believe that the central leadership and Prime Minister Modi will take a very satisfactory decision about Sonowal.” He said that it will be necessary to be included in the cabinet of Narendra Modi government at the Center. He said that the party will definitely use Sonowal’s experience as a former Chief Minister and former Union Minister.