Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns as Union Minister

Laverne Mann
September 5, 2017

A cabinet reshuffle has been on the cards since Manohar Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister to become Chief Minister of Goa.

After resigning from the post of Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that his resignation from the post was the party's decision and further refuted any strategy behind it.

Rudy and Bharati are likely to be given organisational roles in the party, ahead of the 2019 general poll, BJP sources said. The last Cabinet reshuffle took place in July previous year. However, sources said the AIADMK's entry might be delayed till the problems in the party were resolved. The BJP leader, a popular Brahmin face of the party Uttar Pradesh, replaces deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.

Birendra Singh and Sudarshan Bhagat are also on the list of those asked to resign. So Rudy's removal will not impact the caste balance, which is such a sensitive issue in Bihar politics. As the BJP is already in election mode, Rudy's presentation seems to have impressed his party boss. The current reshuffle is being seen as an effort to induct new members into the central cabinet from Tamil Nadu and elsewhere.

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Talk of a reshuffle gained ground after the BJP last month chose its senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu as its vice-presidential candidate.

With the exit of Manohar Parrikar and M Venkaiah Naidu from the Government and the passing away of Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, the Council of Ministers is now being left with three vacant positions.

Speaking to media, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said he does not expect to continue holding dual charge of finance and defence for very long. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept it on hold. The ministers met Shah on Thursday and gave their resignations. "We have kept our eyes on "Mission-150" and will work with enthusiasm and energy to achieve it", Yadav, who is in-charge of the State's affairs, later told newspersons. The Assembly polls are slated for later this year.

Kalraj Mishra and Sanjiv Balyan also met Shah, who later called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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