Five Union Ministers resign ahead of cabinet reshuffle, Gadkari likely to get Railways


New Delhi: As many as five union ministers, including Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Sanjeev Balyan, have resigned after they were asked to step down from their position ahead of the crucial cabinet reshuffle. Reports suggest they will be given ‘organisational work’ in the BJP.

Water resources minister Uma Bharati has offered to quit on health grounds, while Mahendra Nath Pandey, who is the minister of state in the human resource development ministry, is set to leave after his appointment as the chief of BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit and in view of the one-man-one-post principle.

Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh, Giriraj Singh, Kalraj Mishra, Nirmala Sitharaman and Faggan Singh Kulaste are also understood to have offered to quit after a nudge from the party to pave way for the Cabinet reshuffle, informed sources said.

BJP chief Amit Shah, who held a meeting with some senior ministers at his residence in the morning, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day.

Sources said more ministers may resign as Modi prepares to induct new faces, including those from the JD(U) and AIADMK, into his council of ministers.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who has been in the eye of the storm after a spate of train derailments, is likely to take over as environment minister and Nitin Gadkari, who is already in-charge of road transport and shipping, is likely to be the new Railway Minister.


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