Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns as Union Minister

05 September, 2017, 18:47 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns amid reports of likely cabinet reshuffle

Rudy, whose exit from the Modi Cabinet was confirmed on Thursday night, was Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, whereas, Bharti was heading the Union Water Resources Ministry.

Late in the evening, Shah was learnt to have driven down to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence, sources said. The others are Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Balyan and Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh.

According to some news reports, the ministers who had resigned may get organisational posts in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The last cabinet reshuffle took place in July past year in which Modi inducted 19 new faces and elevated Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar to cabinet rank.

Defence minister Arun Jaitley had hinted today that he might be giving up the defence ministry.

He had offered to resign last week after the Utkal Express derailment but the Prime Minister had asked him to wait for sometime.

"This is a decision by the Prime Minister, the government and the party and we are the soldiers of the party". Deputy Speaker Thambidurai and Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan are likely to be inducted into the cabinet from AIADMK.

The BJP also named HRD minister of state Mahendra Nath Pandey as Keshav Prasad Maurya's successor as the chief of its Uttar Pradesh unit.

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.

"Decision of the party is the best decision", he said.

Currently, two key ministries are without a full-time minister. Prabhu may be given the charge of the environment ministry.

The first cabinet reshuffle took place on November 9, 2014, followed by the second one on July 5, 2016. Five junior ministers were also dropped.

Against this backdrop, sources said, fresh faces in the Union Council of Ministers were expected from poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka along with some from Rajasthan, and Maharashtra among others.

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