Ahead of the Union Cabinet expansion at 6 pm, several Union Ministers, including Dr. Harsh Vardhan, resigned from their posts on Wednesday.
Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal and Labour Minster Santosh Gangwar have also submitted their resignations.
Ahead of the cabinet reshuffle, a high-level meeting took place at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in the national capital, around 1:30 pm today. Most senior National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders and Union Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda, BJP leaders Meenakshi Lekhi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Parshottam Rupala, Nisith Pramanik, Janata Dal(United) leader RCP Singh, and Lok Janshakti Party Leader Pashupati Paras were present at the meeting.
The reshuffle and expansion of the Union council of Ministers , the first in the second term of the Modi government, is likely to see record induction of members from OBC and SC communities.
The reshuffle is likely to be dominated by Bihar with Janata Dal United making a comeback followed by BJP nominations from Bengal.
The prominent names include Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sushil Modi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane, and West Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh who will play major players in the cabinet reshuffle.
This cabinet reshuffle is being necessitated by some vacancies caused due to deaths like Ram Vilas Paswan and exits of Akali Dal and Shiv Sena. Upcoming UP elections have a major role to play in this reshuffle with the entry of Bhupendra Yadav, a strong organisational face.
Around 43 leaders are expected to be sworn in as Union Ministers in the Cabinet expansion on Wednesday evening, said sources.