Three Ministers Quit, More Likely To Go : Union Cabinet ReshuffleSeptember 01, 2017 11:06
Three Ministers Quit, More Likely To Go : Union Cabinet Reshuffle:- Three ministers are reported to have been asked to step down, while some more are likely to go, with Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi all set to go in for a major Cabinet reshuffle and expansion.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of state for skill development, Mahendra Lal Pandey, HRD Minister of state, and Sanjiv Baliyan, MoS for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation are the Ministers who have resigned so far.
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It was even speculated that several others, including Nirmala Sitharaman, Chowdhury Birendra Singh, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Kalraj Mishra, would also quit.
Though a major ministry was vacated by M. Venkaiah Naidu on being elected as Vice President, no one from either AP or Telangana is being considered for a berth in the Cabinet reshuffle this time.
Two key ministries opened up and were re-allotted after M. Venkaiah Naidu was named Vice President of India. After the death of minister Anil Dave, the Environment ministry was also reassigned to Harsh Vardhan as additional charge.
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In a late-night development, Water resources Minister Uma Bharti also resigned from the Cabinet on Thursday. Kalraj Mishra and Sanjiv Baliyan also met Amit Shah, who later called on PM Modi.
With the elections in Gujarat, due at the end of this year, the party will soon launch its poll slogan “Garaje Gujarat”.
President Ram Nath Kovind, who will be on a two-day visit to Tirupati Tirumala from September 1, will be back by Saturday afternoon. Early Sunday, Modi is due to leave for the BRICS summit in China.
It is learnt that Shah is also due to participate in the Sangh Parivar affiliates meeting, that is scheduled in Mathura on Saturday evening. The RSS’ top brass, including its chief Mohan Bhagwat, will be present at the meeting. The three-day Sangh coordination meeting is starting from September 1.
The HRD minister of state Mahendra Nath Pandey as the chief of its Uttar Pradesh unit was named by the BJP. Pandey (59) will succeed Keshav Prasad Maurya, who is part of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s Cabinet and one of the state’s two deputy chief ministers. The polls for the Legislative Council, will be contested by Maurya, along with the UP CM and three other ministers. Pandey is an MP from Chandauli and a brahmin.
Besides Jaitley, the election co-incharges, including Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Jitendra Singh, P.P. Chaudhury, state incharge Bhupendra Yadav and state unit chief Jitu Vaghani were also present, during the strategy meeting on the Gujarat elections.
Moreover, a target of “Mission 150” has been set by the party for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly. BJP General Secretary (organization) Ramlal also joined the meeting later.