New Delhi : Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his council of ministers today in what is billed as a performance review before a likely cabinet reshfulle tht could see changes in key ministers.
In the meeting this afternoon,ministers are excpected to make presentation on work done in the two years since the BJP-led government came to power.
Speculation over the possible changes intensified last night as PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah met for more than five hours. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was expected to attend that meeting but was not present, sources say.
Portfolios of senior ministers may change, say sources, and new ministers could be added in the revamp, which could be announced before July 6, when the Prime Minister leaves for Africa.
A rejigged government may be in place before Parliament meets on July 18 for the monsoon session.
Ministers of State Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan may be promoted to cabinet rank. Mr Goyal's shift to a more high profile ministry has been speculated upon for months.
A few vacancies are likely to be filled. Sarabananda Sonowal moved to Chief Minister of Assam; Raosaheb Patil Danve resigned after he was appointed president of the BJP in Maharashtra. Junior ministers are to be added for states headed soon for elections like Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Sources say some ministers may swap departments.
Law Minister Sadananda Gowda, whose performance is reportedly seen in the government as below par, may get a powerful minister of state to "assist" him.
The cabinet cannot exceed 83 ministers; currently, it has 66 members including PM Modi. A dozen cabinet ministers are from Uttar Pradesh, which votes next year. The result from India's most populous state will be used to measure the likely result of the next general election in 20