Rudy, 4 other ministers resign ahead of reshuffle

Rajiv Pratap Rudy Cabinet Union Minister Resignational Rudy resignation

Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigned as minister on Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day, the appointment of Union Minister of State Mahendra Nath Pandey as the next BJP chief of Uttar Pradesh had given greater impetus to speculation of an imminent Cabinet reshuffle.

Some reports had claimed that Rudy may be made Bihar deputy chief minister replacing Sushil Modi who will be included in the Modi Cabinet.

The Prime Minister is set to leave for the BRICS Summit in China on Sunday and sources suggest he will seek a change of faces before that in possibly the last major rejig before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The last Cabinet reshuffle took place in July past year.

Janata Dal (United), which recently joined the ruling National Democratic Alliance, is likely to get a berth in the new Cabinet. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept it on hold.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are also likely to attend the meet in Vridavan on Saturday. Also adding up to the big picture was the series of meetings that BJP president Amit Shah held on Thursday at his Akbar Road residence.

Six killed, thousands stranded as floods swamp Mumbai
Three others died after being swept away by floods in the neighbouring city of Thane, police added. At 23 places, over 200 mm rainfall was received.

The new Cabinet is also likely to see the JD (U)'s Ram Chandra Prasad SIngh and Santosh Kushwaha being included.

Rudy has even announced that the ministry will be stripping the NSDC of its task of implementing its flagship skill schemes.

Talk of a reshuffle gained ground after the BJP last month chose its senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu as its vice-presidential candidate.

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

There is speculation whether some ministers will shed additional portfolios and if railway minister Suresh Prabhu will retain his position after two back-to-back derailments, killing at least 20 people, led him to take responsibility and offer to quit. Kalraj Mishra, who is past the unofficial age ceiling of 75 years to serve in the government, is tipped to be headed for a gubernatorial assignment.

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