Ministers Quit Ahead Of 3rd Cabinet Reshuffle Since 2014

Cabinet Reshuffle List of Ministers Who Quit and Top Contenders For Key Ministries

According to reports, more Ministers are expected to follow suit, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to induct new faces, including those from the JD (U) and AIADMK, into his council of ministers.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Member of Parliament from Saran in Bihar, has relinquished independent charge of the skill development and entrepreneurship ministry in this reshuffle.

President Ram Nath Kovind embarks on a two-day visit to Andhra Pradesh on Friday and will be returning on Saturday, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leaving for China on Sunday.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to shed Defence, which he also manages. Rumors say that Nirmala Sitharaman and Kalraj Mishra too are likely to resign soon.

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Ahead of the reshuffle, three union ministers have resigned from the government.

However, the faction-ridden AIADMK is not likely to be invited to join the Cabinet.

Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey resigned and has been appointed as Uttar Pradesh BJP president. Sources within the BJP said it was confirmed in the meet to relieve Jaitley of the Defence charge, which he has been handling along with Defence. By appointing Pandey as the UP BJP chief, the party has made sure the Brahmin community will not be upset with Mishra's removal. He said on Thursday that he will not be occupying the Defence Minister post for long, hinting at the imminent reshuffle.

When asked if he believes he will now be assigned to play a big role in the BJP's campaigning for approaching elections in key states like Karnataka and Gujarat, the 55-year-old said, "Let us see.at this time, I have just left my position".

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Sources said the Cabinet expansion and reshuffle is likely to happen on September 2 in the evening.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar might be asked to take charge of Ministry of Urban Development, which is now handled by Narendra Singh Tomar.

Harsh Vardhan, who is heading the Ministry of Science and Technology, was charged to head the Ministry of Environment following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May. Five junior ministers were also dropped. The Assembly polls are slated for later this year.

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