Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns from Cabinet ahead of expected reshuffle

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Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy likely to be dropped from the cabinet and will be given organisational work say ANI sources

06 September, 2017

While Mishra was a Cabinet minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Dattatreya was Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Labour and Employment and Rudy handled Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in similar capacity.

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Besides this, Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey was appointed the president of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday evening, thus creating another vacancy in the Union Cabinet.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was among the probables to be removed from the Cabinet, considering the resignation offered by him following the back-toback train derailment incidents in UP's Muzaffarnagar and Auriya districts. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's aide RCP Singh is seen as a top contender for a ministerial berth.

Harsh Vardhan, who is heading the Ministry of Science and Technology, was charged to head the Ministry of Environment following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May. However, reports state that Bharti's resignation has not been accepted by the Prime Minister.

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