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Resigned following party's order: Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Resigned following party's order: Rajiv Pratap Rudy

Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigned as minister on Thursday evening.

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi all set to go in for a major Cabinet reshuffle and expansion, three ministers are reported to have been asked to step down, while some more are likely to go.

Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has also reportedly offered to quit on health grounds.

Existing ministers Dharmendra Pradhan (petroleum) and Piyush Goyal (power), who have independent charge of their respective ministries, may be elevated to Cabinet positions.

News reports said the cabinet reshuffle is expected to come before Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for a BRICS summit in China.

Presently, Arun Jaitley is handling the two portfolios, finance and defence ministries.

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Sources said that it was only after after this development that these leaders offered to resign from their posts.

The cabinet reshaping - the third in as many years - is expected to include two ministers from Bihar Chief Minisrer Nitish Kumar's party, the Janata Dal United, which just days ago joined the BJP' national coalition.

There is speculation that high-profile ministries such as Railways might see a change of guard, especially in light of recent derailments which prompted Suresh Prabhu to offer to resign. Some of them, sources said, were told that they were being re-assigned to roles in the party.

In the last elections in 2012 when Modi was the State's Chief Minister, the BJP had won 116 seats. Followed by Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Junior Health Minister Faggan Singh Kulaste who were also learnt to have been summoned by Shah. Also adding up to the big picture was the series of meetings that BJP president Amit Shah held on Thursday at his Akbar Road residence.

He said he would work to further strengthen the BJP in western UP. Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May.

The election in Gujarat is due at the end of this year and the party will soon launch its poll slogan "Garaje Gujarat".


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