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Cabinet reshuffle: Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Uma Bharti resign, more likely to quit

Senior ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Uma Bharti reportedly resigned from the Narendra Modi government on Thursday, ahead of the much awaited Cabinet reshuffle, expected to happen on Saturday. Reportedly, union minister, Arun Jaitley may be given the defence portfolio that he was heading after the resignation of Manohar Parrikar.

Rudy, whose exit from the Modi Cabinet was confirmed, was a minister of state in the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship. Bharti was heading the union water resources ministry.

Apart from them, Mahendra Lal Pandey also submitted his resignation. Pandey’s exit was rumoured over the past few days after he was chosen as Uttar Pradesh BJP chief.

Rudy, however, would be assigned a vital organisational role in the party to reward his exit from the Cabinet. Reports claim that union ministers, Sanjeev Balyan, Nirmala Sitharaman, Kalraj Mishra and Giriraj Singh also submitted their resignations. However, authentication of such news was awaited.

The last cabinet reshuffle happened in July last year. Then Modi inducted 19 new faces and elevated minister of state for environment, Prakash Javadekar to cabinet rank. Five junior ministers were also released.

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