Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns from Union Cabinet, others speculated to follow

Union Cabinet Minister Kalraj Mishra is likely to be dropped from Cabinet

Union Cabinet Minister Kalraj Mishra is likely to be dropped from Cabinet

Five Cabinet ministers, including Uma Bharti and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, have already resigned from their post, with rumours of more ministers likely to follow. The others are Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Balyan and Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh.

Rudy, who held independent charge in the ministry of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship is expected to be assigned organizational work.

Also, Modi is due to leave for the Brics summit in China early Sunday. However, the PM had asked him to wait. Reports say reshuffle may take place on September 2. Suresh Prabhu could be on his way out of the railways, with Nitin Gadkari taking over along with roads and aviation.

As per the report, when junior HRD Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey was named as the BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit chief by the party President, this came as the first indication of cabinet rejig.

Besides Jaitley, three other union ministers are also holding additional charges of different ministries.

Ganga rejuvenation was the pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Balyan and his boss, Uma Bharti, seems to have not made any visible progress in it. India's almost Rs 20,000 crore plan to clean the holy Ganga river is badly behind schedule, with large stretches contaminated by toxic waste and sewage, forcing Modi to intervene.

Harsh Vardhan, who is heading the Ministry of Science and Technology, was charged to head the Ministry of Environment following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May. She has been keeping indifferent health for the past few months and reportedly wants to work for the Namami Gange project as well as work for the BJP.

The united AIADMK - comprising of the factions led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami and and former CM O Panneerselvam - is also expected to join the NDA. Karnataka would have assembly polls next year.

Sources added that in the upcoming reshuffle, the NDA's latest partner - Nitish Kumar's JD (U) - may bag at least one berth.

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