New Delhi, November 27
The BJP today nominated former Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi as its candidate for Rajya Sabha bypoll. While the leader’s election to the Upper House is almost certain, the decision has sparked speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle in near future.
The former Bihar deputy CM is believed to be among the top contenders for vacancies in the Modi Cabinet for which names of several leaders, including Jyotiraditya Scindia, are doing the rounds. It is said some new faces may be inducted from West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Assam and Uttar Pradesh in the expansion expected “sometime in December”. Some ministers from these states may also be dropped, it is said.
A seat had fallen vacant following the death of LJP’s Ram Vilas Paswan. Allies Shiv Sena and SAD also left the ruling coalition, resulting in other vacancies. Several ministers like Piyush Goyal, Narendra Singh Tomar and Prakash Javadekar are holding multiple portfolios at present. — TNS