Published On: Thu, Aug 31st, 2017

Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigns as Union Minister

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy on Thursday resigned, ahead of a likely Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

His resignation comes amid speculations about an imminent Cabinet reshuffle

According media reports, Rudy will be assigned organistional work.

His resignation comes amid speculations about an imminent Cabinet reshuffle to fill vacancies in the Union Cabinet.

It may be mentioned here that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry. Besides Jaitley, three other union ministers are holding additional charges of different ministries.

Textiles Minister Smriti Irani is holding additional charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry portfolio, while Rural Development Minister Narendra Tomar has additional charge of the Urban Development Ministry.

Earlier in the day, the BJP named Mahendra Nath Pandey, presently Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, as the next chief of its Uttar Pradesh unit.

There are reports that a few more ministers may quit the government and would be assigned organisational work as the BJP gears up for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The last cabinet reshuffle took place in July last year in which Modi inducted 19 new faces.

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