Stage set for Cabinet reshuffle, Rajiv Pratap Rudy on his way out

06 September, 2017, 11:58 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Rajiv Pratap Rudy Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

After resigning from the post of Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that his resignation from the post was the party's decision and further refuted any strategy behind it.

Union Ministers - Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Uma Bharti have already resigned.

Deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha and AIADMK MP Thambidurai met BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday but there appears to be no confirmation about whether AIADMK will join the government.

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday undertake a reshuffle of his council of ministers, said sources. At least two members of the JD (U) are also likely to join. The Economic Times reported that Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra also tendered his resignation.

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Sources said that it is only after after this development that these leaders have offered to resign from their posts.

The appointment of Union Minister of State Mahendra Nath Pandey as the next BJP chief of Uttar Pradesh lent greater impetus to an imminent Cabinet reshuffle that may take place on Saturday, a day ahead of Modi's depature on a two-nation visit to China and Myanmar from September 3 to 6. He made it clear in an interview to NDTV that "the decision is not mine, it is the party's".

Those expected to be sworn is as Ministers include BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, and Karnataka leaders Prahlad Joshi and Suresh Angadi.

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. Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May. Pandey is likely to resign as a Union minister as he assumes his new charge, meaning there will be one more vacancy in the Cabinet.

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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