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Skill development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns - reshuffle round the corner?

Skill development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns - reshuffle round the corner?

The ministers who have so far resigned include 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.

Several other resignations like those of Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti are in the pipeline.

Government sources have also said that the six ministers who were asked to resign late last week were dropped because they were evaluated as non-performers.

Ms. Bharti has been asked to quit ostensibly on the grounds of failing health.

Sources said that it is only after after this development that these leaders have offered to resign from their posts.

According to sources, the cabinet reshuffle will take place before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for China to attend BRICS Summit on Sunday.

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Also, Smriti Irani, Narendra Singh Tomar, Ananth Kumar and Ravi Shankar Prasad are holding two or more portfolios.

Deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha and AIADMK MP Thambidurai met BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday but there appears to be no confirmation about whether AIADMK will join the government. He made it clear in an interview to NDTV that "the decision is not mine, it is the party's". While there was no official word about their meeting, it was believed in the party circles that the Cabinet reshuffle and political re-assignment of Union Ministers were discussed. Party sources said these were routine meetings. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley holding an additional ministry of defense is likely to stick to only one ministry, that is finance.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is already holding charge of the Defence Ministry after Manohar Parrikar resigned to become Goa Chief Minister.

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

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had offered to resign owning moral responsibility for the recent train accidents, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put it on hold.

Besides Jaitley, three other union ministers are also holding additional charges of different ministries. Karnataka will go for assembly polls next year.


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