Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Uma Bharti Resign Ahead Of Expected Cabinet Reshuffle

Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns from Cabinet ahead of expected reshuffle
Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns amid reports of likely cabinet reshuffle
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06 September, 2017

Minister of State Rajiv Pratap Rudy has reportedly resigned from his position at the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

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.

BJP chief Amit Shah, who held a meeting with some senior ministers at his residence in the morning, met Modi later in the day.

A rejig of the government has been due for months now, especially after vacancies and transformed alliances.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped six ministers from his council of ministers in the latest reshuffle on Sunday.

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One of the ministers who submitted his resignation to party general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal on Thursday told HT that he had been asked to step down.

The united AIADMK - comprising of the factions led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami and and former CM O Panneerselvam - is also expected to join the NDA. Reports say reshuffle may take place on September 2. However, reports state that Bharti's resignation has not been accepted by the Prime Minister. 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. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry since then. The portfolios he handled, Information & Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Development, were respectively given to Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Narendra Singh Tomar.

When Jaitley was asked how long he would have dual charge of the finance and defence ministries, he had replied: "At least, I hope, not very long". Maurya, along with the UP CM and three other ministers, will contest the polls for the Legislative Council. Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May.

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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