Reshuffle will make no difference, PM has all powers: Congress

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers his speech after a meeting and agreement exchange ceremony with Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in New Delhi on August 24

The government may also announce new governors for five states. If this hapens, he would also have to vacate his Lok Sabha seat.

Rudy's reaction that "it's not my decision, it's the decision of the party, and I will follow", perhaps explains it.

"The prime minister said that in order to enable all traders to take maximum benefit of GST, we should work towards ensuring that all traders, including even relatively smaller traders with a turnover below Rs20 lakh, should register with the GST system", said an official statement after Modi addressed direct and indirect tax officials at their annual conference, called "gyan sangam". He is expected to be given an organisational assignment in the BJP, sources close to him told PTI. The Performance Audit, tabled in July, said "There were long delays in approval of Detailed Project Reports leading to technical designs becoming irrelevant at the time of actual funding".

Kulaste tendered his resignation on Thursday. "The Defence Minister is also not a member". This means Modi can add nine more ministers for now while replacing as many existing ministers with new ones as he likes.

Modi undertook the first Cabinet reshuffle on November 9, 2014 inducting 21 new ministers, including heavyweights, such as Manohar Parrikar, Suresh Prabhu, JP Nadda, Chaudhary Birender Singh, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Mahesh Sharma and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. As a result, MoS Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey, who has been appointed the UP BJP President, will be asked to quit the Cabinet. He later became the chief minister of the state.

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Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe is another likely candidate for elevation to the Cabinet, as are party veteran Om Mathur and MP from Baghpat Satyapal Singh, Rakesh Singh or Prahlad Patel and Mahesh Girri.

The expected rejig is likely to give the cabinet a new look with the induction of representatives from newer allies like the Janata Dal (U), among others, before a series of state elections and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

If AIADMK eventually decides to join the government, a strong possibility, P Venugopal and V Maitreyan, may be the likely faces of the southern party in the Cabinet.

Speculations on who all would be part of PM Modi's team are on but going by the previous record, the prime minister may again surprise everyone with his decision.

A number of cabinet ministers are now holding more than one key portfolios-Finance Minister Arun Jaitley holding additional charge of Defence, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan having the additional charge of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Textile Minister Smriti Irani holding additional charge of Information and Broadcasting.

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