In just 0.54 seconds, a Google search for “Modi cabinet reshuffle” throws up about 1,58,000 results. In reality, it has been long in coming; the last big one occurring 10 months ago. At various times last year, the buzz, mostly coming from those eyeing a spot in Team Modi, was that the PM was set to recast his team. As ‘Happy New Year’ gets serious, the grapevine is again abuzz. BJP MPs and allies have been told to be in the capital on January 18, ‘Sankranti’ apparently heralding the end of the inauspicious period in the Hindu calendar. No one knows why, but more than a few feel the moment may have come to get their bandhgalas ready.
There are some, mostly those who fear losing out their place, who rule out a rejig before the end of the budget session or at least till intra-party elections are over and Amit Shah is reinstalled as BJP president in a second term.