Cabinet reshuffle on the cards, Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns

Ministers resign as PM Narendra Modi plans major Cabinet reshuffle

Skill development and entrepreneurship minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigned from his post on Thursday.

Ms. Bharti has been asked to quit ostensibly on the grounds of failing health.

Kalraj Mishra is likely to be offered a gubernatorial assignment, sources said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to give a big shake-up to his Cabinet on Saturday.

Late in the evening, Shah was learnt to have driven down to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence, sources said.

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Bharti, who is the water resources minister, said only Shah or anyone on his behalf can speak on the issue.

"This is a decision by the Prime Minister, the government and the party and we are the soldiers of the party".

Finance minister Arun Jaitley and science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan are holding the additional charge of defence and environment portfolio.

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.

He said he would work to further strengthen the BJP in western UP. At least two members of the JD (U) are also likely to join. Reports say reshuffle may take place on September 2.

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Existing ministers Dharmendra Pradhan (petroleum) and Piyush Goyal (power), who have independent charge of their respective ministries, may be elevated to Cabinet positions. 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.

Besides Jaitley, three other union ministers are also holding additional charges of different ministries.

Finance and corporate affairs minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of defence, while Smriti Irani got the additional portfolio of information and broadcasting.

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.

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

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