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Ahead of a speculated Cabinet reshuffle, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigned from his post on Thursday evening.

New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi set in motion the reshuffle of his council of ministers with the resignation of at least half-a-dozen ministers, according to sources in the ruling BJP and the government.

Among those who have offered to resign are Union Minister Kalraj Mishra, Uma Bharti, and Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mahendra Nath Pandey, who was appointed Uttar Pradesh State BJP chief.

Rudy, whose exit from the Modi Cabinet was confirmed on Thursday night, was Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, whereas, Bharti was heading the Union Water Resources Ministry.

The last cabinet reshuffle took place in July a year ago in which Modi inducted 19 new faces and elevated Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar to cabinet rank.

Defence minister Arun Jaitley had hinted today that he might be giving up the defence ministry. The last Cabinet reshuffle took place in July previous year.

Kumar had left the NDA in 2013 but returned dramatically last month, dumping his poll partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress to renew an alliance with the BJP. The Economic Times reported that Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Kalraj Mishra also tendered his resignation.

After meeting Shah earlier in the day, Jaitley suggested that he may not hold charge of the Defence Ministry for long. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept it on hold.

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

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the death of Anil Madhav Dave in May. Sources also said the Union Agriculture Minister and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju may be shifted to different portfolios.


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