Modi Cabinet re-shuffle: 5 ministers resign, Gadkari likely to get Railways

Former Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy. | Express

Minister of State for Skill Development Rajeev Pratap Rudy resigned on Thursday night from the Union Council of Ministers, while six others are believed to have offered to resign from their posts, ahead of much-speculated reshuffle shortly.

The restructuring is expected to take place by Sunday before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for a BRICS convention.

Rudy said BJP president Amit Shah conveyed him the decision that he should step down as a minister.

"Yes, I have put in my papers and it is part of the process", he told IANS over phone, refusing to elaborate on the reasons behind his resignation.

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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In the first meeting, also attended by another top BJP leader, a detailed presentation on outreach plans for the states headed for elections in the coming years was delivered. The BJP leader, a popular Brahmin face of the party Uttar Pradesh, replaces deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. Sources within the BJP said it was confirmed in the meet to relieve Jaitley of the Defence charge, which he has been handling along with Defence.

Rudy and Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh are two Rajput Ministers from Bihar. Meanwhile, Suresh Prabhu has also offered to exit from the government as the Railway Minister after a series of rail mishaps that took place in more than a week ago.

Mr Shah later met Prime Minister Modi at the latter's official residence 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. In case of them joining the BJP-led camp, they are likely to be offered a berth in the Cabinet.

Reports say that President Ram Nath Kovind will be visiting Andhra Pradesh on Friday and would return only on Saturday.

Some election-bound states, including Congress-ruled Karnataka, could get greater representation in the Council of Ministers. Junior Health Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste were also learnt to have been summoned by the BJP president. The Assembly polls are slated for later this year.

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