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

Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns amid reports of likely cabinet reshuffle

Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey has resigned from his post. This implies that the cabinet reshuffle may take place on Saturday evening. At least two members of the JD (U) are also likely to join.

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.

Speculations are going on that Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, might get an additional charge of Railway ministry after Suresh Prabhu offered to resign from his post following multiple train accidents in recent times. Similarly, Sanjeev Balyan, who was Water Resources Minister, said that upon being asked, he "immediately sent a one-sentence resignation".

Existing ministers Dharmendra Pradhan (petroleum) and Piyush Goyal (power), who have independent charge of their respective ministries, may be elevated to Cabinet positions.

The cabinet reshaping - the third in as many years - is expected to include two ministers from Bihar Chief Minisrer Nitish Kumar's party, the Janata Dal United, which just days ago joined the BJP' national coalition.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to shed Defence, which he also manages. Here is the list of ministers who resigned and those who offered to resign.

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Kalraj Mishra is likely to be offered a gubernatorial assignment, sources said.

The reshuffle may take place before Modi departs for China to attend the BRICS summit.

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.

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

Ganga rejuvenation was the pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Balyan and his boss, Uma Bharti, seems to have not made any visible progress in it. India's almost Rs 20,000 crore plan to clean the holy Ganga river is badly behind schedule, with large stretches contaminated by toxic waste and sewage, forcing Modi to intervene. Five junior ministers were also dropped.

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