Rudy, 4 other ministers resign ahead of reshuffle

by Fredrick Graves September 6, 2017, 9:23
Rudy, 4 other ministers resign ahead of reshuffle

Those who have resigned are Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, junior Water Resources Minister Sanjeev Balyan and junior Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Giriraj Singh.

In the first clear indication of an impending Cabinet reshuffle, BJP chief Amit Shah is understood to have taken resignations from a certain number of ministers on Thursday.

The newly appointed chief of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the BJP and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Mahendra Pandey, has also offered to step down.

News reports said the cabinet reshuffle is expected to come before Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for a BRICS summit in China.

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Finance and corporate affairs minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of defence, while Smriti Irani got the additional portfolio of information and broadcasting. It could have happened on Friday as well but as President Ram Nath Kovind would be away, on a two-day visit to Tirupati, September 2 evening or September 3 morning are being seen as possible windows available to Team Modi for reshuffle.

Kumar had left the NDA in 2013 but returned dramatically last month, dumping his poll partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress to renew an alliance with the BJP.

Unconfirmed reports say transport and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari may get additional responsibility of railways. At least two or three more ministers are likely to quit soon as per the sources. He said on Thursday that he will not be occupying the Defence Minister post for long, hinting at the imminent reshuffle. Prabhu may be given the charge of the environment ministry. Sources said Shah met separately with those being dropped from the council of ministers and asked them to submit their resignations. He is well above 75 years-the age bar the party has informally set for ministers.

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