The Opposition has been criticising the Government for not having a "full-time" Defence Minister amid border tensions with Pakistan and China. President Kovind will be back from Tirupati on Saturday while Shah is likely to come back from the RSS Meet at Mathura for the swearing-in.
Rudy was among three ministers - the other two were steel minister Choudhury Birendra Singh and minister of state for human resource development Upendra Kushwaha - who met the BJP president last week. Maurya is a part of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath's Cabinet and one of the state's two deputy chief ministers.
Sources said the Cabinet expansion and reshuffle is likely to happen on September 2 in the evening.
Ganga rejuvenation was the pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Balyan and his boss, Uma Bharti, seems to have not made any visible progress in it. India's almost Rs 20,000 crore plan to clean the holy Ganga river is badly behind schedule, with large stretches contaminated by toxic waste and sewage, forcing Modi to intervene. Also adding up to the big picture was the series of meetings that BJP president Amit Shah held on Thursday at his Akbar Road residence. The other possibilities are Ananth Kumar getting Urban Development. Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May.
Speaking to media, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said he does not expect to continue holding dual charge of finance and defence for very long. NDA partners are likely to get some important portfolios. Stay tuned for all the live updates on Modi's Cabinet reshuffle.
Unconfirmed reports say transport and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari may get additional responsibility of railways.
There is speculation that high-profile ministries such as Railways might see a change of guard, especially in light of recent derailments which prompted Suresh Prabhu to offer to resign.