Rajeev Pratap Rudy resigns, more offer to quit

Water resources minister Uma Bharati has offered to quit on health grounds, while Mahendra Nath Pandey, who is the minister of state in the human resource development ministry, is set to leave after his appointment as the chief of BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit and in view of the one-man-one-post principle.

Rudy-who was holding the portfolio of skill development and entrepreneurship and represents Bihar's Saran Lok Sabha constituency-is expected to be given an organisational assignment in the BJP, sources close to him said.

According to TV reports, Union Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to give up the defence portfolio, which he was heading after the resignation of Manohar Parrikar in March.

Five union government ministers have resigned and two others have offered to resign.

The last Cabinet reshuffle took place in July past year, in which Modi inducted 19 new faces and elevated Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar to Cabinet rank.

There is speculation that high-profile ministries such as Railways might see a change of guard, especially in light of recent derailments which prompted Suresh Prabhu to offer to resign. By appointing Pandey as the UP BJP chief, the party has made sure the Brahmin community will not be upset with Mishra's removal.


Currently, two key ministries are without a full-time minister.

In his first comments after being asked to resign as minister, Rajiv Pratap Rudy told NDTV that "It's not my decision, it's the decision of the party, and I will follow (it)".

Kalraj Mishra and Sanjiv Balyan also met Shah, who later called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari's name is doing the rounds for Railway Minister's post.

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment Ministry following the death of Anil Madhav Dave in May.

Against this backdrop, sources said, fresh faces in the Union Council of Ministers were expected from poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka along with some from Rajasthan, and Maharashtra among others.


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