1.20 pm: Following Goa CM Manohar Parrikar's announcement of quitting office to shift to Delhi, BJP sources have said that he may be inducted into the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, Hindustan Times reported. He is likely to file his nomination on 10 November from Lucknow.
10:40 am: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that he will resign from the post on Saturday, in a solid confirmation that he is slated to take charge in the Cabinet, most likely that of the Defence Minister from Arun Jaitley who currently holds the portfolio.
Parrikar had on Thursday said that he had been informed by BJP President Amit Shah to be ready to take up a post in Delhi.
This statement by Parrikar follows mounting speculations over the expected cabinet reshuffle, following his visit to Delhi on Tuesday.
Parrikar said that the BJP MLAs in Goa will elect the new chief minister on Saturday.
Goa's Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza and state Health Minister Laxmikant Parsekar are being seen as frontrunners to replace Parrikar, as per reports.
20 Ministers Expected to Join Cabinet, Council of Ministers
Modi's ministerial team will go in for an overhaul, with about 20 ministers expected to take oath during the swearing-in ceremony on Sunday. The new team will be known by 1:30 pm on Sunday, reports said.
Among the names mentioned in the reshuffle, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitaraman could be elevated as a cabinet minister, while Yashwant Sinha's son Jayant Sinha may be inducted as a junior minister to Finance Minsiter Jaitley.
BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi may also return to the cabinet, and could get charge of statistics and planning, according to some reports.
With Delhi polls in mind, the BJP-led government could also include Haryana's Jat leader Birendra Singh.
Maharashtra MP Hansraj Ahir is likely to be named the new coal minister with the rank of minister of state (independent charge), some reports suggest, while Shiv Sena leader Suresh Prabhu could also make an entry. He is rumoured to get the rural development minsitry.
In the reshuffle, HRD Minsiter Smriti Irani could see a new role, while I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, who is also handling environment and parliamentary affairs, could be relieved of some of the duties.