Cabinet reshuffle to take place on Sunday morning

Union Cabinet reshuffle likely this weekend
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02 September, 2017

Small and medium enterprises minister Kalraj Mishra, water resources and Ganga rejuvenation minister Uma Bharti, skill development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, minister of state for human resource development Mahendra Nath Pandey and minister of state for water resources Sanjiv Baliyan have quit the government. "A process has been set in motion for the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan around 10 am on Sunday", an official said. Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has also put in his papers. The name of Himachal BJP leader Satpal Singh is also doing the rounds for a minister of state berth.

Rudy said it was the decision of the party and he had resigned. However, Uma Bharti was evasive when asked if she had resigned.

Some more ministers could be on their way out from the cabinet over their performance.

Sources said the issue was discussed at a meeting between PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah and another meeting is expected soon. Piyush Goel will replace Arun Jaitley as Finance Minister.

There is a possibility of Prabhu being moved to the Environment Ministry and an integrated ministry being created for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping along with Railway.

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The correct answer is VD Savarkar who held in high esteem by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP was with the Hindu Mahasabha when Mahatma Gandhi launched the Quit India Movement in August 1942 and had opposed the movement.

Since assuming office as PM on May 26, 2014, Modi has already reshuffled his council of ministers twice, the last one having come in 2016 when he inducted 19 new faces and elevated Prakash Javdekar as the cabinet minister. Modi would like strong ministers in key portfolios who could deliver some instant results before the elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi can make significant changes in his Cabinet within the next day or two.

With the Nitsh Kumar-led JD (U) also likely to join the government, its leaders RCP Singh and Santosh Kumar are the likely picks. However, the recent deaths of children due to encephalitis and other diseases across states may have prompted Modi to place more experienced hands in the ministry.


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