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Prime Minister Modi to Lead High-Stakes Council of Ministers Meeting on July 3, Igniting Speculation of an Impending Union Cabinet Reshuffle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to preside over a highly significant meeting of the Union Council of Ministers on July 3, triggering speculations about a potential reshuffle in the Union Cabinet as the country gears up for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. This crucial gathering is expected to take place at the newly-constructed convention centre located at Pragati Maidan in the heart of the national capital, which is also slated to host the upcoming G20 summit in September, according to officials familiar with the matter.

In preparation for this important meeting, Prime Minister Modi engaged in extensive discussions on Wednesday with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President J P Nadda, and other key party leaders. Nadda's participation in the discussions has fueled discussions about possible changes not only in the government but also within the BJP organization, including at the state level. These potential adjustments come as the party prepares for crucial assembly elections later this year in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, and Mizoram, in addition to the monumental 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Over the past few days, Home Minister Shah, BJP President Nadda, and BJP General Secretary (Organization) B L Santosh have held several rounds of intensive deliberations, focusing on a wide range of organizational and political matters. As the Council of Ministers' meeting approaches, it holds particular significance as it precedes the Monsoon session of Parliament, which is expected to commence in the third week of July. 

It is worth noting that there has not been a major reshuffle in the Modi Cabinet for nearly two years. However, in May, the Modi government made a notable change by replacing Kiren Rijiju as Law Minister with Arjun Ram Meghwal. In July 2021, a significant revamp occurred in the Cabinet, resulting in the removal of 12 ministers from the Modi government, while 17 new ministers were sworn in. This reshuffle involved the removal of ministers such as Ravi Shankar Prasad, Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, and Santosh Gangwar, while welcoming new additions including Jyotiraditya Scindia, Narayan Rane, Sarbananda Sonowal, and Ashwini Vaishnaw.

With all eyes on the upcoming Council of Ministers' meeting, the political landscape eagerly awaits any potential announcements or decisions that could shape the future of the Union Cabinet and India's political trajectory.

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