Here Are The Reasons Why Five Union Ministers Resigned

Todd Singleton
September 5, 2017

Minister of State for Skill Development Rajeev Pratap Rudy resigned on Thursday night from the Union Council of Ministers, while six others are believed to have offered to resign from their posts, ahead of much-speculated reshuffle shortly.

Prime Minister Modi had himself conveyed this over the last few days to the ministers and assigned future roles for them, sources said.

Rudy was among three ministers - the other two were steel minister Choudhury Birendra Singh and minister of state for human resource development Upendra Kushwaha - who met the BJP president last week.

The decision regarding the same is expected to be announced before Modi leaves to attend the BRICS Summit in China on 3 September. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry since then.

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

The cabinet reshuffle will take place on Sunday 10 am, a government official source said on Friday.It will be the third such exercise since he took over in May 2014.

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Last week, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu too had offered to resign taking "full moral responsibility" for the recent train accidents. Sources also said the Union Agriculture Minister and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju may be shifted to different portfolios.

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

The BJP also named HRD minister of state Mahendra Nath Pandey as Keshav Prasad Maurya's successor as the chief of its Uttar Pradesh unit.

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment Ministry following the death of Anil Madhav Dave in May. Five junior ministers were also dropped. Karnataka will go for assembly polls next year.

Health Minister J P Nadda is a front-runner for the post of Himachal Pradesh CM candidate from his party.

While JD (U), the new partner of NDA, is all set to join the government, the BJP is keen to bring AIADMK in as well.

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