Ministers are invited for high tea by President Ram Nath Kovind

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has invited the Union council of ministers for a dinner at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday, days after the Narendra Modi-led government conducted its biggest reshuffle in the council since 2014.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan described it as a courtesy meeting. As several new ministers were inducted into the council during the rejig, the President has called all of them together, it said.

“This isn’t the primary time that such an occasion will happen ,” a Rashtrapati Bhavan functionary conversant in the event said.

On July 7, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted 36 new faces into the council and promoted seven junior ministers to independent or Cabinet roles.

Modi dropped 12 ministers, including the ministers of health, education, information technology, law, environment and knowledge , and broadcasting within the biggest rejig within the council since 2014 when he first took over as the Prime Minister.

The President is probably going to offer a speech at the event on Saturday.