Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns amid speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle

Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns
Debra Rodriguez | 06 September, 2017, 13:35

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi all set to go in for a major Cabinet reshuffle and expansion, three ministers are reported to have been asked to step down, while some more are likely to go.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who resigned as Skill Development Minister, amidt news of Modi Cabinet reshuffle has said that he stepped down from the post on party's order.

The other ministers who have resigned are Uma Bharti, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Ministers of state for agriculture and food processing Sanjeev Balyan and Minister Giriraj Singh, and Minister of state for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to rejig his Cabinet before leaving for BRICS Summit in China. Incumbent Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu offered to quit last week in the wake of recent back-to-back train derailments that claimed around two dozen lives.

Janata Dal (United) MPs R.C.P. Singh and Santosh Kumar are also expected to join the government.

Kalraj Mishra was today dropped from the Union Cabinet.

According to TV reports, Union Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to give up the defence portfolio, which he was heading after the resignation of Manohar Parrikar in March.

The first indication of the reshuffle came late afternoon when junior HRD Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey was named as the BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit chief by Shah.

Sources in the BJP said that a reshuffle may take place either on Saturday or sometime after the Prime Minister's return from China and Myanmar.

While Bharti met BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday, Mishra called on him on Thursday.

Talk of a reshuffle gained ground after the BJP last month chose its senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu as its vice-presidential candidate. Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May. Maurya, along with the UP CM and three other ministers, will contest the polls for the Legislative Council.

The election in Gujarat is due at the end of this year and the party will soon launch its poll slogan "Garaje Gujarat".

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