Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns amid reports of likely cabinet reshuffle

Former Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy. | Express

Next, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy, too, was summoned by Shah and is learnt to have been asked to put in his papers.

In a late night development, Rudy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and handed over his resignation.

Few other leaders also resigned last evening, hinting towards a mega cabinet reshuffle, ahead of the 2019 general elections when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will seek a second term, to be held before Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his visit to China to attend the BRICS summit on Sunday.

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

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




Sources said Kalraj Mishra, who had met Shah today, may also resign. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley holding an additional ministry of defense is likely to stick to only one ministry, that is finance.

A party leader played it down, saying Shah meets Modi regularly and also pointed out that the meeting comes a day ahead of the beginning of a three-day meeting of the RSS and its allied organisations in Vrindavan.

Among the ministers who resigned, Pandey was named the Uttar Pradesh BJP chief earlier in the day, and insiders said that Rudy may also be allotted organisational responsibilities. Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari's name is doing the rounds for Railway Minister's post.

Rudy and Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh are two Rajput Ministers from Bihar. "I have said that I have not heard the question, will not hear nor will I answer it", she tweeted. Maurya, along with the UP CM and three other ministers, will contest the polls for the Legislative Council.

Also, Smriti Irani, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ananth Kumar and Ravi Shankar Prasad are holding two or more portfolios. 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. Karnataka would have assembly polls next year.

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