Rajeev Pratap Rudy resigns, more offer to quit

05 September, 2017, 18:47 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Rajiv Pratap Rudy Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be out of the country from September 3 to September 7 for the Brics summit in China and a state visit to Myanmar.

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)". He had said that the Prime Minister had asked him to "wait".

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

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.

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.

Ahead of the reshuffle, three union ministers have resigned from the government.

The BJP also named HRD minister of state Mahendra Nath Pandey as Keshav Prasad Maurya's successor as the chief of its Uttar Pradesh unit.

According to reports, an integrated transport ministry under road and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari could be created. Deputy Speaker Thambidurai and Rajya Sabha MP V Maitreyan are likely to be inducted into the cabinet from AIADMK.

Finance and corporate affairs minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of defence, while Smriti Irani got the additional portfolio of information and broadcasting.

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.

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

This move comes ahead of a possible Cabinet re-shuffle likely to be announced on September 2. Junior Health Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste were also learnt to have been summoned by the BJP president.

The election in Gujarat is due at the end of this year and the party will soon launch its poll slogan "Garaje Gujarat".



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