As many as 27 new ministers, including former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal could be part of the reshuffle of the Union Cabinet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to effect a major cabinet reshuffle shortly.
The new ministers in the Modi government, who are likely to take oath in include former CM Sonowal, newly joined party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, former Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi; senior BJP organisational heavyweights party general secretary, Bhupender Yadav from Rajasthan and Kailash Vijayvargiya, from Madhya Pradesh.
BJP spokesperson and minority face Syed Zafar Islam is also tipped for a central government role.
Also on the master list are former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane, besides, Maharashtra Beed MP Pritam Munde is on the reshuffle candidates list.
From Uttar Pradesh which is headed for ‘make or break’ elections for the BJP next year, BJP UP chief Swatantra Dev Singh, a certainty; Pankaj Chaudhary, MP from Maharajganj, Varun Gandhi, and alliance partner, Anupriya Patel are among the probables.
Rajya Sabha MP Anil Jain, Odisha MPs, Ashwini Vaishnaw and former Baijayant Panda; former Railway Minister from Bengal Dinesh Trivedi are also on the list.
There is a sizeable contingent from Rajasthan, including former Union Minister in Modi government P.P. Choudhry, youngest MP from Rajasthan hailing from Churu, Rahul Kaswan and Sikar MP Sumedhanand Saraswati.
The lone entrant from Delhi will be New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi.
Amid the significant churn in Bihar, Pasupati Paras who rebelled against Chirag Paswan is likely getting a central berth from LJP, as are JDU nominations R.C.P. Singh and Santosh Kumar.
Karnataka may well be represented by Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
Gujarat BJP President C.R. Patil is moving to the government along with Ahmedabad West MP Kirit Solaki.
From Haryana, Sirsa MP Sunita Duggal, a former Income Tax officer is also among the probables. Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal who impressed with his Parliament speech is also being considered.
The reshuffle is being necessitated by some vacancies caused due to untimely deaths like Ram Vilas Paswan and Suresh Angadi and exits of Akali Dal and Shiv Sena.
Many ministers are saddled with multiple portfolios due the deaths and exits.
Upcoming elections in UP are a factor in the reshuffle and also the need to add some heft to government with the entry of Bhupender Yadav, a strong organisational face.
Since PM Modi came back to power in 2019, this will be the first such reshuffle cum expansion.