Cabinet reshuffle on the cards, Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns

Cabinet reshuffle on the cards, Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns

Cabinet reshuffle on the cards, Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns

Nitin Gadkari may get railways, roadways, aviation portfolios. So far, three union ministers, all from the BJP, have stepped down ahead of a cabinet reshuffle that is expected to take place tomorrow before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for China on Sunday.

The exercise to rehuffle the Union Cabinet - the third in as many years - has gained momentum with several Union Ministers being summoned by BJP president Amit Shah today.

A reshuffle will help the Narendra Modi government weed out the dead wood from the government and infuse new blood in the cabinet.

Mr Shah later met Prime Minister Modi at the latter's official residence 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.

Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey has resigned from his post.

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"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 holding an additional ministry of defense is likely to stick to only one ministry, that is finance. He said on Thursday that he will not be occupying the Defence Minister post for long, hinting at the imminent reshuffle.

Venkaiah Naidu also resigned from the Information and Broadcasting ministry and the central government as he became the President of India.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Member of Parliament from Saran in Bihar, has relinquished independent charge of the skill development and entrepreneurship ministry in this reshuffle. Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May.

Against this backdrop, sources said, fresh faces in the Union Council of Ministers were expected from poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka along with some from Rajasthan, and Maharashtra among others.

The last Cabinet reshuffle took place in July a year ago, in which Modi inducted 19 new faces and elevated Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar to Cabinet rank. Junior Health Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste were also learnt to have been summoned by the BJP president.

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