Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Rudy quits ahead of Cabinet rejig

Rudy quits ahead of Cabinet rejig

Amid speculations of Cabinet reshuffle next week, several Union ministers including Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Kalraj Mishra and Uma Bharati have reportedly offered to resign from the Union Cabinet.

The development comes after BJP chief Amit Shah met Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid speculation of a cabinet reshuffle.

Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Balyan and MoS MSME Giriraj Singh have also resigned, according to sources.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leaving on September 3 for the BRICS summit and the government would like to finish the formalities before his trip. President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to visit Tirupati on Friday and will return to Delhi on Saturday afternoon, making September 2 the most likely date for the reshuffle.

New faces are likely to be inducted into the cabinet, including some from alliance partners like the ruling regional Janata Dal (United) party of the eastern state of Bihar.

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MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra has resigned from his post as he had crossed the 75-year mark set for all union ministers. Sources also said the Union Agriculture Minister and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju may be shifted to different portfolios.

There is no clarity, yet, on the future of Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, who had offered to quit over derailment of the Utkal Express.

Earlier on Thursday, union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey was appointed Uttar Pradesh BJP president in place of Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, creating one more vacancy in the council of ministers.

"At least not for very long", Jaitley said in response to questions on how long he would continue as Defence Minister. However, the PM had asked him to wait. Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May.

Unconfirmed reports say transport and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari may get additional responsibility of railways.

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