AFTER ITS DEFEAT in Assembly elections, the House of Badals has some more worrying to do: the position of Harsimrat Kaur Badal in the Union Council of Ministers.
With Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar being sent to Goa as the next Chief Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be carrying out a major reshuffle in the Cabinet. Sources in New Delhi's power corridors say the reshuffle will not be limited to induction of a new defence minister.
"With some leaders putting in so much effort in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand, the Prime Minister has to grant recognition to many faces. Consequently, the Union Council of Ministers will see some new blood," said a source.
In any case, prime ministers have often tweaked and refurbished ministries some time during their mid-term mark.
With Akali Dal doing rather poorly in the Assembly polls, there are whispers in the power corridors if Harsimrat Kaur Badal will be able to retain her junior ministry.
Modi, say sources, is calling for a progress report of many MoS level ministers, and those with a lacklustre report card might be asked for make way for new blood.
However, a senior Akali Dal leader said the Assembly election results have also proven that Badals continue to be electable as both, senior and junior Badals have won their seats against tough opponents.
"We have to prepare people by 2019, and the time to give them responsibility and chance is now," said a senior BJP leader with close links to Nagpur.