Cabinet reshuffle talk gains momentum

Cabinet reshuffle talk gains momentum

Cabinet reshuffle talk gains momentum

Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy has resigned ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle.

It's no surprise that Rudy's resignation had come just days after the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), a flagship scheme that is under the close watch of the prime minister's office, came under criticism for failing to achieve its targets.

Highly placed sources said that at least two more Indian ministers, including Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman could put in their papers to make way for new faces in the Cabinet, which is likely to be reshuffled Saturday.

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 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.

Finance and corporate affairs minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of defence, while Smriti Irani got the additional portfolio of information and broadcasting.

Ahead of the likely Cabinet reshuffle over the weekend, five members of the Union Council of Ministers (CoM) resigned on Thursday evening.

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Kumar had left the NDA in 2013 but returned dramatically last month, dumping his poll partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress to renew an alliance with the BJP.

Uma Bharti is also being dropped from the Cabinet, allegedly for her lack of performance.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was among the probables to be removed from the Cabinet, considering the resignation offered by him following the back-toback train derailment incidents in UP's Muzaffarnagar and Auriya districts.

Talk of a reshuffle gained ground after Jaitley on Thursday hinted that he would not continue to hold the Defence portfolio for long.

After meeting Shah earlier in the day, Jaitley suggested that he may not hold charge of the Defence Ministry for long.

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

In the last elections in 2012 when Modi was the State's Chief Minister, the BJP had won 116 seats.

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