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

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

Among them, Rajiv Pratap Rudy was the first to submit his resignation on Thursday night as Minister for Skills Development.

The other ministers who have resigned are Uma Bharti, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Ministers of state for agriculture and food processing Sanjeev Balyan and Minister Giriraj Singh, and Minister of state for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste.

A rejig of the government has been due for months now, especially after vacancies and transformed alliances. Also, Modi is due to leave for the Brics summit in China early Sunday.

Through the day, Mr. Shah met several ministers, some of whom have appeared on this list of those being asked to resign.

Even during the last reshuffle in July a year ago, sources said, ministers were asked to submit their resignations to the party leadership first.

Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey was on Thursday appointed Uttar Pradesh BJP president.

Sources in the BJP said that a reshuffle may take place either on Saturday or sometime after the Prime Minister's return from China and Myanmar.

Meanwhile, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu has also offered to exit from the government after a series of rail mishaps more than a week ago and had said that the Prime Minister had asked him to "wait".

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday held detailed consultations with the PM and it is understood that they have exchanged views on organisational "changes" that may revitalise the party before it goes into full-fledged election mode, in the run up to the 2019 general elections, sources said.

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. Science minister Harsh Vardhan was allotted the environment ministry.

Among ministers holding the additional portfolios include Smriti Irani, who was given the additional charge of Information and Broadcasting, after the elevation of M Venkaiah Naidu to the Vice President's post. At least two members of the JD (U) are also likely to join. Besides Jaitley, three other union ministers are holding additional charges of different ministries.

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