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

Sep 06, 2017, 11:56
Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns amid speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle

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.

Sources have told CNN-News18 that Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has offered to resign on health grounds, while cabinet colleague Sanjeev Balyan and MoS Health Fagan Singh Kulsate have also reportedly offered to put in their papers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to rejig his Cabinet before leaving for BRICS Summit in China.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are also likely to attend the meet in Vridavan on Saturday.

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. The resignation was submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday held detailed consultations with the PM and it is understood that they have exchanged views on organisational "changes" that may revitalise the party before it goes into full-fledged election mode, in the run up to the 2019 general elections, sources said.

Existing ministers Dharmendra Pradhan (petroleum) and Piyush Goyal (power), who have independent charge of their respective ministries, may be elevated to Cabinet positions.

A cabinet reshuffle has been on the cards since Manohar Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister to become Chief Minister of Goa.

Among ministers holding the additional portfolios include Smriti Irani, who was given the additional charge of Information and Broadcasting, after the elevation of M Venkaiah Naidu to the Vice President's post. "At least not for very long", Jaitley said in response to questions on how long he would continue as Defence Minister.

There is speculation that high-profile ministries such as Railways might see a change of guard, especially in light of recent derailments which prompted Suresh Prabhu to offer to resign. Maurya, along with the UP CM and three other ministers, will contest the polls for the Legislative Council. There are several vacancies in the government while some senior ministers, including Arun Jaitley and Harsh Vardhan, are holding additional portfolios. Karnataka would have assembly polls next year.

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