Cabinet reshuffle on the cards, Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns

Cabinet reshuffle on the cards, Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns

Cabinet reshuffle on the cards, Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns

Minister of State for Skill Development Rajeev Pratap Rudy on Thursday night resigned from the Union Council of Ministers, while six others are believed to have offered to resign from their posts, ahead of much-spculated reshuffle shortly.

Mr Shah later met Prime Minister Modi at the latter's official residence 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.

He said he would work to further strengthen the BJP in western UP.

Reports said the BJP leadership is likely to bring back Rudy to the organisation set up by making him general secretary.

BJP President Amit Shah had met several senior ministers on Thursday morning.

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.

A cabinet reshuffle has been on the cards since Manohar Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister to become Chief Minister of Goa. The last Cabinet reshuffle took place in July previous year.

Birendra Singh and Sudarshan Bhagat are also on the list of those asked to resign. Sources, in this context, also said that Cabinet Minister Uma Bharti had offered to quit a few days ago but there was no official word on her.

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Rudy and Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh are two Rajput Ministers from Bihar.

Talk of a reshuffle gained ground after the BJP last month chose its senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu as its vice-presidential candidate.

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".

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment Ministry following the death of Anil Madhav Dave in May.

After meeting Shah earlier in the day, Jaitley suggested that he may not hold charge of the Defence Ministry for long.

The election in Gujarat is due at the end of this year and the party will soon launch its poll slogan "Garaje Gujarat".

Sources said more ministers may resign as Modi prepares to induct new faces-including those from the JD (U) and AIADMK-into his council of ministers.

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