New Delhi, September 2: The Narendra Modi Government is all set to induct nine new ministers on Sunday following the announcement of the reshuffling of the council of ministers at 10.30 am. However, as per sources, the names of the nine ministers have been released who will take oath on September 3. But the portfolios to be given to these ministers have not be announced yet.

The nine ministers to be inducted into the ministry are:

  • Ashwini Kumar Choubey
  • Shiv Paratap Shukla
  • Virendra Kumar
  • Anantkumar Hegde
  • Raj Kumar Singh
  • Hardeep Singh Puri
  • Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
  • Satya Pal Singh
  • Alphons Kannanthanam

Former IFS officer Hardeep Puri, ex-Mumbai Police chief Satyapal Singh and retired IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam will be inducted into the Union Council of Ministers as part of a major revamp by PM Modi. Apart from them, BJP MPs Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Bihar), Virendra Kumar (Madhya Pradesh) and Shiv Pratap Shukla (Uttar Pradesh) will be part of it as well. The others are Anant Kumar Hegde, Raj Kumar Singh.

This reshuffling reportedly aimed at strengthening the alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. However, NDTV quoted a source saying that evictions from the cabinet are based on performance reviews and PM Modi wants ministers who perform and work hard. According to Aaj Tak, professional expertise have been one factor that has been kept in mind while choosing the ministers.

“The new ministers are going to be strategically placed in key ministries, especially focusing on last mile delivery directly to the people,” a source said. “As a part of the restructuring, six incumbent ministers have resigned,” the source said to PTI.

The unexpected list of names came as a surprise after days of speculations. Already celebrations have begun at the residence of Satyapal Singh, who said while speaking to Aaj Tak, that although he has not received any official communication regarding his appointment as a minister, but he is hopeful that the information received by people from unofficial sources is right. Singh thanked his well-wishers and said he will impart his duties responsibly.