Minister of State for Skill Development Rajeev Pratap Rudy resigned on Thursday night from the Union Council of Ministers, while six others are believed to have offered to resign from their posts, ahead of much-speculated reshuffle shortly.
The other ministers who have resigned are Uma Bharti, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Ministers of state for agriculture and food processing Sanjeev Balyan and Minister Giriraj Singh, and Minister of state for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste.
The reshuffle may take place before Modi departs for China to attend the BRICS summit.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to be divested of the Defence Ministry portfolio, of which he is holding additional charge. Rumors say that Nirmala Sitharaman and Kalraj Mishra too are likely to resign soon. It could have happened on Friday as well but as President Ram Nath Kovind would be away, on a two-day visit to Tirupati, September 2 evening or September 3 morning are being seen as possible windows available to Team Modi for reshuffle.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who has been in the eye of the storm after a spate of train derailments, is likely to take over as environment minister and Nitin Gadkari, who is already in-charge of road transport and shipping, is likely to be the new Railway Minister. Mahendra Nath Pandey was appointed as UP BJP chief on Thursday. Some of them, sources said, were told that they were being re-assigned to roles in the party.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the time he was not going to "leave anything unanswered", Politico reported . She added the USA hoped both countries could now move toward "improved relations" and "increased cooperation".
The united AIADMK - comprising of the factions led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami and and former CM O Panneerselvam - is also expected to join the NDA.
Mr Shah later met Prime Minister Modi at the latter's official residence 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.
He said he would work to further strengthen the BJP in western UP.
Apart from the two ministers, MoS, Human Resources, Mahendra Lal Pandey also submitted his resignation. Science minister Harsh Vardhan was allotted the environment ministry. Five junior ministers were also dropped. Karnataka would have assembly polls next year. As per the sources, JD (U), who is now the new partner of NDA, is all set to join the government, while BJP is also keen to bring AIADMK.