This move by Modi government is already being seen as an attempt to pacify disgruntled NDA allies as reports suggest that more non-BJP MPs would be made ministers.

A ‘miffed’ Shiv Sena had openly expressed its disenchantment after not being given the desired portfolios in Modi’s Cabinet.

Anant Geete took charge of the Ministry of Heavy Industries on Wednesday only after a brief span of constant dilly-dallying between his party Shiv Sena and Modi government.

Key NDA allies like Shiv Sena and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are expected to get more representation in Modi Cabinet after their strong performances in the Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress had hit out at Modi Cabinet for being ‘imbalanced’ and ‘unrepresentative’ of all the states and Union Territories.

Now reports claim that states like Rajasthan, where the BJP won all the 25 Lok Sabha seats, would get more representation in Modi government.

A full time Defence Minister is likely to be sworn-in with senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi being the frontrunner for the plum post.

Currently Arun Jaitley, who is the Finance Minister of the county, is handling the Defence Ministry as an additional portfolio.

Joshi had met Modi on Wednesday amid speculation that he was aggressively vying for the Defence Ministry berth in the Union Cabinet.

The first session of the 16th Lok Sabha will commence from 4th June and conclude on 12th.

Besides, the first Budget Session of the House after the formation of BJP-led NDA government is also expected to begin from the same day.

The President would address a joint session of Parliament. The expansion of the Cabinet is also scheduled to take place after the Parliament session culminates, as per reports.

Presently, there are a total of 46 ministers, including the PM, in the Union Cabinet.


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