Six ministers dropped in Cabinet reshuffle

Sep 06, 2017, 09:25
Six ministers dropped in Cabinet reshuffle

Small and medium enterprises minister Kalraj Mishra, water resources and Ganga rejuvenation minister Uma Bharti, skill development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, minister of state for human resource development Mahendra Nath Pandey and minister of state for water resources Sanjiv Baliyan have quit the government.

Rudy's resignation comes ahead of an expected Cabinet reshuffle.

The others who have resigned are Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and MoS Water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation Sanjeev Balyan.

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

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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.

According to TV reports, Union Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to give up the defence portfolio, which he was heading after the resignation of Manohar Parrikar in March.

This is likely to be Modi's last major cabinet reshuffle before the general elections.

The Janata Dal (United), which recently returned to the NDA fold, is also expected to be accommodated in the Cabinet.

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BJP chief Amit Shah, who held a meeting with some senior ministers at his residence in the morning, met Modi later in the day.

After Prabhu offered his resignation last week, Prime Minister Modi reportedly asked him to continue till he takes decision in the matter. He said on Thursday that he will not be occupying the Defence Minister post for long, hinting at the imminent reshuffle. Science & Technology Minister Vardhan took over MoEF after the Anil Madhav Dave passed away. At least two members of the JDU are also likely to join.

The last Cabinet reshuffle took place in July past year, in which Modi inducted 19 new faces and elevated Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar to Cabinet rank.

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