Cabinet reshuffle underway? Uma Bharti, 3 others quit, more likely to go

Ministers resign as PM Narendra Modi plans major Cabinet reshuffle
Ministers resign as PM Narendra Modi plans major Cabinet reshuffle
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05 September, 2017

Earlier Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's remark at a media event that he did not "hope" to continue as defence minister "for very long" had triggered intense media buzz about the possibility of a major Union Cabinet rejig on September 2.

After resigning from the post of Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that his resignation from the post was the party's decision and further refuted any strategy behind it.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar might be asked to take charge of Ministry of Urban Development, which is now handled by Narendra Singh Tomar.

Deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha and AIADMK MP Thambidurai met BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday but there appears to be no confirmation about whether AIADMK will join the government.

Highly placed sources said that at least two more Indian ministers, including Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman could put in their papers to make way for new faces in the Cabinet, which is likely to be reshuffled Saturday. However, confirmation was awaited.

In the first meeting, also attended by another top BJP leader, a detailed presentation on outreach plans for the states headed for elections in the coming years was delivered. The portfolios he handled, Information & Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Development, were respectively given to Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Narendra Singh Tomar.

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With the exit of Manohar Parrikar and M Venkaiah Naidu from the Government and the passing away of Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, the Council of Ministers is now being left with three vacant positions.

Railways minister Suresh Prabhu, who has been under the spotlight following several derailments, might be reassigned as Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, which he reportedly performed well under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

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

Some election-bound states, including Congress-ruled Karnataka, could get greater representation in the Council of Ministers.

President Ram Nath Kovind embarks on a two-day visit to Andhra Pradesh on Friday and will be returning on Saturday, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leaving for China on Sunday. Five junior ministers were also dropped.


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