New Delhi: A new set of Cabinet ministers will be sworn in at 5:30 pm on Monday evening at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. This is possibly the last reshuffle before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Four new Cabinet ministers will be sworn in, they are likely to be Sis Ram Ola, Oscar Fernandes, Girija Vyas and KS Rao. Manikrao Gavit, Santosh Chowdhury, JD Seelam, EMS Natchiappan are likely to be sworn in as Ministers of State.
The exit of the DMK and the TMC, as well as the resignations of Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar over the Railway bribery case and coalgate scandals has forced the Congress to make changes in the Cabinet portfolios. Minister Mallikarjun Kharge is likely to be shifted to the Railways.
CP Joshi, who had taken charge of the Railway Ministry after Pawan Bansal's resignation, resigned on Sunday. "Whatever new role the party assigns me I will perform that to the best of my ability," Joshi tweeted.
Sis Ram Ola from Rajasthan will most probably be taking over Labour Minister and Girija Vyas could be stepping in for Ajay Maken, who resigned as Urban Affairs Minister to focus on the party. Maken's resignation comes ahead of Assembly elections in Delhi later this year.
This is the second reshuffle since October 2012. Manmohan Singh had earlier said that there were some vacancies and the issue of filling them up was being considered.
(With additional information from PTI)