Cabinet reshuffle: Who is out?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejigged his cabinet on Sunday morning with nine new faces as he looks to revamp his Council of Ministers for better efficiency with an eye on the 2019 general elections.
Mahendra Nath Pandey
Mahendra Nath Pandey has been made the UP president of the BJP and under one-man-one-post policy, he will be dropped from the Modi cabinet.
Kalraj Mishra is moving out of the Cabinet due to age (he is past 75) and may get a gubernatorial role.
News of only Union Minister from Telangana Bandaru Dattatreya being asked to put in his papers ahead of the Union Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday came as a surprise to the state BJP leadership. It is believed that he was asked to resign so that the party could utilise his services for the organisational work in near future.
Sanjiv Kumar Balyan
Sanjiv Kumar Balyan was appointed as minister of state for Agriculture and food processing in the National Democratic Alliance government in May 2014. Then, in July 2016, he was moved to be Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, under Minister Uma Bharti.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Rajiv Pratap Rudy was made Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship in Narendra Modi's government, a key ministry in view of Modi's slogan of 'Make in India' and associated attempts to make India a production hub. He also shares Parliamentary Affairs department jointly with another Minister of State, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Rudy is a General Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party.