Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Union Ministers Uma Bharti and Rajiv Pratap Rudy Resigned

Union Ministers Uma Bharti and Rajiv Pratap Rudy Resigned

Ahead of a speculated Cabinet reshuffle, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigned from his post on Thursday evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to rejig his Cabinet before leaving for 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. Rumors say that Nirmala Sitharaman and Kalraj Mishra too are likely to resign soon. 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.

Apart from holding talks with the PM on the Cabinet reshuffle, the BJP president met several party leaders, to strategies for the Gujarat Assembly polls where the party aims to win 150 out of the 182 Assembly seats and score the fifth consecutive victory.

Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, along with General Secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal, met more than half-a-dozen union ministers at his residence and is believed to have sought their resignations, saying their services would be utilised in the party organisation.

This move comes ahead of a possible Cabinet re-shuffle likely to be announced on September 2. After the recent train derail and multiple accidents in recent times, the ministry is railways is expected to see a change and Minister Suresh Prabhu reportedly offered to quit. Maurya is a part of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath's Cabinet and one of the state's two deputy chief ministers.

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".

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.

Some election-bound states, including Congress-ruled Karnataka, could get greater representation in the council of ministers.

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