BJP may axe few ‘non-performing’ ministers

The PDP-BJP coalition government is all set to axe few of the ministers holding key portfolios in the present government. The government, according to the sources can go for reshuffle and induction of few new faces in the cabinet during the first week of the next month.

Sources said that BJP high command is not happy with the performance of several ministers as they have been on the scanner for quite some time now.

At least three ‘under-performers’ from the BJP are likely to be shown the door while some new faces from the party may become the part of the combined BJP-PDP Government.

Party sources said that reshuffle of BJP Ministers in Jammu and Kashmir is on cards and in this regard party high command led by party National president Amit Shah will take a final call.

If party sources are to be believed, three ministers will be shown door while the portfolio of another minister, a former Congressman will be altered.

A party leader on condition of anonymity said that party State president Sat Sharma and legislator from Doda Shakti Parihar may likely get new portfolios.

“During his recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the party national general secretary Ram Madhav interacted with party leaders and workers. Fingers were raised over the working of some of the Ministers. Madhav had actually come here to get the first information about the functioning of the party and he in fact met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to inform her about the BJP plan of reshuffling their ministers,” the leader said.

Pertinently, all the BJP MLA’s and MLC’s have flown to New Delhi to attend the crucial meetings, sources added.

The BJP, which won 25 seats in the 2014 Assembly elections from Jammu, has eight Cabinet and three ministers of state, including Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.

Interestingly, the PDP too is planning to reshuffle portfolios of some of its Ministers.

Party sources, who do not wish to be identified said that the portfolio of five Ministers, are likely to be changed. These include two ministers who had resigned after their portfolios were changed during the last reshuffle.

Besides, the party also wants some major changes in the Tourism, Education and R&B department and as such some key portfolios may say change of guard, the sources added.

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