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.
New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi set in motion the reshuffle of his council of ministers with the resignation of at least half-a-dozen ministers, according to sources in the ruling BJP and the government.
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.
Textiles Minister Smriti Irani is holding additional charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, while Rural Development Minister Narendra Tomar has additional charge of the Urban Development Ministry, after Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu resigned from his ministerial responsibilities to take up the high office.
With Modi slated to travel to China Sunday afternoon for the BRICS summit and President Ram Nath Kovind slated to return to capital from Tirupati late Saturday afternoon, there was speculation that the reshuffle would take place over the weekend.
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Birendra Singh and Sudarshan Bhagat are also on the list of those asked to resign.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigned from the Modi government on Thursday evening in what is seen to be a signal for a mega cabinet reshuffle. Although there was no official word about their meeting, it was believed that a Cabinet reshuffle and political re-assignment of Union Ministers were discussed, reported the Indian Express. In case of them joining the BJP-led camp, they are likely to be offered a berth in the Cabinet. AIADMK, JD (U) ministers likely to be inducted. Five junior ministers were also dropped.
Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment Ministry following the death of Anil Madhav Dave in May. The BJP leader, a popular Brahmin face of the party Uttar Pradesh, replaces deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Karnataka will go for assembly polls next year.