Rudy Resigns, Cabinet Reshuffle Expected

Union Minister Rudy resigns ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

Cabinet reshuffle set in motion as Rajiv Pratap Rudy and two other Union ministers resign, more likely to quit

Mr. Shah later met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter's official 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence. The ministers met Shah on Thursday and gave their resignations. He is likely to be given some responsibility in the party organisation.

Union minister Kalraj Mishra, who is past the unofficial age ceiling of 75 years in the Modi government, is tipped for gubernatorial assignment, sources said. He is likely to be made a Governor and will most likely occupy the Bihar Raj Bhawan.

On the other hand, Uma Bharti, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister, has offered to quit, citing health reasons, as per Zee News sources.

In contrast, some performers may be drafted for party work.

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Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey has resigned from his post. However, there was no confirmation till going to press.

Besides, Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti, MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra, MoS for Water Resources Sanjiv Baliyan and MoS for Health and Family Welfare Faggan Singh Kulaste have also offered to resign, sources said.

Some more resignations are likely on Friday.

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment Ministry following the death of Anil Madhav Dave in May. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry since then. If reports are to be believed, the PM may relieve Suresh Prabhu of the railways portfolio and Nitin Gadkari may be asked to take over as the railway minister.

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He had offered to resign last week after the Utkal Express derailment but the Prime Minister had asked him to wait for sometime.

Speculations are on about the new faces. Deputy Speaker Thambidurai and Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan are likely to be inducted into the cabinet from AIADMK.

Janata Dal (United) MPs R.C.P. Singh and Santosh Kumar are also expected to join the government.

There have been clear indications of an upcoming Cabinet reshuffle from sources in the government and the ruling BJP and the same is expected to take place in the evening on September 2. President Kovind will be back from Tirupati on Saturday while Shah is likely to come back from the RSS Meet at Mathura for the swearing-in. Given that Pitru Paksh, considered an inauspicious period, will run between September 6 and September 19, it is possible that the much-awaited exercise was carried out before Modi leaves for China.

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