In the run-up to the third reshuffle of the Narendra Modi Cabinet, speculations are rife as to who will be inducted as a Union minister and who will be shown the door. One of the several names that are making the rounds in the media is that of Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam’s health and finance minister.
According to several reports quoted by Assam Tribune, Sarma, one of the senior-most leaders in Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal government, is likely to be made Minister of State for Defence.
However, Sarma, who was a senior member of the Congress party before parting ways with the then chief minister Tarun Gogoi in 2015, took to Twitter to quash the speculations.
Pl do not speculate my induction in Central Ministry.I am not even an MP.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 2, 2017
Speculations are however rife that Meghalaya leader Conrad Sangma, son of former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma, may also be inducted into Modi’s Council of Ministers. Mangaldai MP and senior BJP Ramen Deka and Dibrugarh MP Rameswar Teli have also reportedly expressed interest in becoming a central minister. The much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle-cum-expansion is set to take place on Sunday. It will be known only then who gets lucky finally.