Union Ministers Uma Bharti and Rajiv Pratap Rudy Resigned

Wednesday, 06 Sep, 2017

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

Some reports had claimed that Rudy may be made Bihar deputy chief minister replacing Sushil Modi who will be included in the Modi Cabinet.

According to media reports, the reshuffle is likely before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on Sunday for a BRICS summit in China.

Even during the last reshuffle in July a year ago, sources said, ministers were asked to submit their resignations to the party leadership first.

Kalraj Mishra and Sanjiv Balyan also met Shah, who later called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP chief Amit Shah, who held a meeting with some senior ministers at his residence in the morning, met Modi later in the day.

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Rudy is expected to be given an organisational assignment in the BJP, sources close to him said. Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari's name is doing the rounds for Railway Minister's post.

Pandey has already been appointed the President of Bharatiya Janata Party's Uttar Pradesh unit. The last Cabinet reshuffle took place in July past year. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry since then.

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.

Talk of a reshuffle gained ground after Jaitley on Thursday hinted that he would not continue to hold the Defence portfolio for long. "At least not for very long", Jaitley said in response to questions on how long he would continue as Defence Minister.

Currently, there are three vacancies in the Council of Ministers arising out of the exit of Manohar Parrikar and M Venkaiah Naidu from the Government and the passing away of Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave. 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. Karnataka would have assembly polls next year.