The tragic demise of Union Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde on Tuesday and several ministers handling more than one or two portfolios have necessitated the expansion of Modi Cabinet.

Munde was inducted in Union Council of Ministers for the first time last month. He was appointed as the Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Currently, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is looking after Defence Ministry too. Speculations are rife that senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi may be accommodated in Modi Cabinet as Defence Minister.
Reports also suggest that Modi will induct more than a dozen ministers in his Cabinet. Earlier on May 26, Modi along with 45 other ministers took oath.   

On June 9, President Pranab Mukherjee will address the Joint Sitting of both the Houses of Parliament, outlining the roadmap of Narendra Modi-led government. The discussion on the Motion of Thanks will be taken up as per the original schedule on June 10 and 11 before the session is adjourned sine die.


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