Modi Cabinet re-shuffle: 5 ministers resign, Gadkari likely to get Railways
Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy has resigned ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle. The resignation was submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The other ministers who resigned from their positions are Uma Bharti, Radhamohan Singh, Sanjeev Balyan and Giriraj Singh.
This move comes ahead of a possible Cabinet re-shuffle likely to be announced on September 2. Sources say that in the major reshuffle, Nitin Gadkari is likely to get Railways while Suresh Prabhu may be moved to the Environment ministry.
The new Cabinet is also likely to see the JD(U)'s Ram Chandra Prasad SIngh and Santosh Kushwaha being included. The other possibilities are Ananth Kumar getting Urban Development.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be leaving on September 3 for the BRICS summit and the government would like to finish the formalities before his trip. Given that Pitru Paksh, considered an inauspicious period, will run between September 6 and September 19, it is possible that the much-awaited exercise was carried out before Modi leaves for China.
Modi last expanded his team in July 2016 when promoted Prakash Javadekar to the cabinet rank.