Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, Defence portfolio for Parrikar

Friday, Nov 7, 2014,18:57 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The first expansion and reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers will take place on Sunday with a number of new faces, including some from allies Shiv Sena and TDP, expected to be inducted.
The swearing-in of the new ministers will take place at 1 PM on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, official sources said here today. Power Minister Piyush Goyal also told an economic gathering that the reshuffle will take place on Sunday.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is a certain induction into the Council of Ministers with Defence Ministry likely to be given to him.
Nearly 10 new faces are likely to be inducted into the exercise being carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first since coming to power in May.
Among the new faces are Vijay Sampla, a first time Lok Sabha member of BJP from Hoshiarpur in Punjab.
The other names doing the rounds include former minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and new faces Jayant Sinha, son of former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, Jat leader from Haryana Birender Singh, Bhumiar leader from Bihar Giriraj Singh or Bhola Singh, Col Sonaram Chaudhary and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, both of Rajasthan, and Hansraj Ahir from Maharashtra.