New Delhi, Sep 1: Finally the cat is out of the bag. In a big breaking news pouring in the much awaited Cabinet Reshuffle will take place on Sunday at 10 AM.
More than five ministers have reportedly resigned as part of a larger restructuring of the cabinet. In perhaps the final reshuffle before the general elections in 2019 many points are being considered. The reshuffle is being done also with an eye on the upcoming Assembely elections. As the reports suggest, as many as five ministers have already put in their papers.
Minister of State for Skill Development Rajeev Pratap Rudy on Thursday night resigned 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.
Union ministers Uma Bharati, Radha Mohan Singh, Giriraj Singh, Kalraj Mishra, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Sanjiv Baliyan are understood to have offered to quit after a nudge from the party to pave way for the Cabinet reshuffle, informed sources said.
In a late night development, Rudy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and handed over his resignation.
Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, along with General Secretary (Organisation) Ram Lal, met more than half-a-dozen union ministers at his residence and is believed to have sought their resignations, saying their services would be utilised in the party organisation.
Sources said that it is only after after this development that these leaders have offered to resign from their posts.
AIADMK leader and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambi Durai met Shah on Thursday, leading to speculation that the party might become part of the Union Council of Minister. However, sources said the AIADMK's entry might be delayed till the problems in the party were resolved.
The reshuffle could see the entry of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) nominees into the ministry, with the party striking an alliance with the BJP in Bihar recently.
News24Bureau with Agencies