Several new faces, including a few from the Dalit community, are likely to be included in an expansion and reshuffle of the Union council of ministers.
Here is a look at the likely fresh faces:
Likely to be included
Ajay Tamta is a member of Parliament from Almora in Uttarakhand. He belongs to the Dalit community
MP, Mirzapur | Apna Dal
Anupriya Patel is the daughter of Sonelal Patel, the founder of Apna Dal. She has a masters degree in psychology and an MBA
BJP’s chief whip in Lok Sabha, he cycled to Parliament when Delhi imposed traffic rationing measures to check air pollution
Krishna Raj is a Dalit leader and a two-time legislator
Mahendra Nath Pandey holds a masters degree and a PhD in Hindi. He has adopted a village in Chandauli’s Jharkhor Kalan
Rajya Sabha MP, Gujarat
Influential Patel leader from Saurashtra, Rupala is a national VP of the BJP and often talked about as a CM candidate in Gujarat
Rajya Sabha MP, Maharashtra | Republican Party of India
A Dalit leader in Maharashtra, he was an ally of the Congress and the NCP before partnering with the Shiv Sena-BJP in 2012
SS Ahluwalia was first elected to Parliament from Bihar in 1986. He has previously held the posts of minister of state for urban development and minister for parliamentary affairs at the Centre
Rajya Sabha MP, Rajasthan
Former Union Minister, BJP national general secretary and president of the party’s Delhi unit Vijay Goel is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.
Chhotu Ram Chaudhary is a BJP MP from the Nagaur constituency in Rajasthan.
Rajya Sabha MP, Jharkhand
A veteran journalist and author, Akbar is currently the BJP’s national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand. Akbar has served as the editor-in-chief of several newspapers like, The Telegraph, Deccan Chronicle and the Sunday Guardian.
Rajya Sabha MP, Madhya Pradesh
A Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, Dave was a member of the BJP’s poll management committee in Madhya Pradesh in both the 2003 and 2013 assembly polls.
BJP’s tribal face in Parliament, Kulaste is the President of the party’s schedule tribe wing. The Lok Sabha MP from Mandla is was a minister of state in Vajpayee government.
Rajya Sabha MP, Gujarat
Mandaviya is a BJP member of the Rajya Sabha from the state of Gujarat.
A Lok Sabha MP from Dahod, Jaswantsinh Bhabhor also serves as the BJP’s vice-president for Gujarat.
BJP’s Bhamre is a Lok Sabha MP the industrially-backward Dhule constituency in Maharashtra. Bhamre is a practicing medical doctor and a member of the health and family planning committee of Lok Sabha.
Jigajinagi is a Lok Sabha MP for the BJP from the Bijapur constituency of Karnataka. The dalit leader was elected thrice to the Karnataka Assembly and held home, excise, social welfare and revenue portfolios.
BJP’s Rajen Gohain is Lok Sabha MP from the Nowgong constituency in Assam. He has held the seat since 1999.
Some Union ministers in the cabinet might be promoted to reward their performances over the last two years.
Likely to be promoted
A CA and an investment banker, Goyal is regarded as one of the top performers of the Modi government
Odisha politician earned praise for reducing corporate influence in the oil ministry and reducing petroleum subsidies
MoS Minority Affairs
Arguably the government’s best known Muslim face, Naqvi started his political career with the Janata Party
MP, Uttar Pradesh
He has a PhD in veterinary anatomy and is an accused in the 2014 Muzaffarnagar riot
Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister
Javadekar a senior member of the BJP is the union minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change and the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs