Modi to Revamp Cabinet to Revive Economy Before Key India Polls

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Analysts feel the move aims to salvage his image which suffered a dent lately for two key factors: a major slowdown in economic growth and the demonetisation gamble having come a cropper.The possibility a major reshuffle in the Union Cabinet though has evoked a lukewarm response from the BJP's state unit.

In light of the imminent reshuffling, several Cabinet ministers were asked to resign as well.

According to The Indian Express, the swearing-in ceremony will take place at around 10 am, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, a first under newly-elected President Ram Nath Kovind. She was reportedly upset about it as well.

But these are just reports and going by the history, we all know that PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah can surprise everyone with their choice. "The media sought my reaction on reports in circulation". The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in a series of tweets said that PM Modi appreciated the efforts put in by Central and state officials for smooth implementation of the GST regime and "desired that the benefit of GST should percolate to the common man". Reports said Kalraj Mishra may be made a governor. If this hapens, he would also have to vacate his Lok Sabha seat.

"It's not my decision, it's the decision of the party, and I will follow (it)", Rudy told NDTV. Prime Minister Modi chose the party's Dalit face from Uttarakhand during the Cabinet reshuffle he carried out in July last year.That, many BJP insiders see, as one of the reasons behind a tiny state like Uttarakhand unlikely to get a further representation in the Modi Cabinet. While Kulaste was missing as minister, Balyan also did not find much time for his ministerial work. However, the recent deaths of children due to encephalitis and other diseases across states may have prompted Modi to place more experienced hands in the ministry. He later became the chief minister of the state.

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Firstpost had earlier written that Modi has another 18 months to deliver before the 2019 General Elections to Lok Sabha begins.

The cabinet revamp was the cards for weeks because some ministers are holding multiple portfolios adding to their burden and the fact that Modi wants to improve governance before BJP goes to fresh parliamentary polls in 2019.

Nitish Kumar, who returned to the BJP-led alliance recently, may get two ministerial berths for the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) since he realised his love for an "old friend" after demonetisation.

AIADMK leader Thambidurai had met Shah on Thursday, and he, besides party leaders P Venugopal and V Maitreyan, may be the likely representatives from the Tamil Nadu party if it decides to join the government.