Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who resigned as Skill Development Minister, amidt news of Modi Cabinet reshuffle has said that he stepped down from the post on party's order. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been holding additional charge of the Defence Ministry since then. Cabinet reshuffle is likely on Saturday, after President Ram Nath Kovind returns from Tirupati.
Janata Dal (United), which recently joined the ruling National Democratic Alliance, is likely to get a berth in the new Cabinet.
Uma Bharti is also being dropped from the Cabinet, allegedly for her lack of performance.
Rudy's resignation indicates at the beginning of process of cabinet rejig.
Prime Minister Modi had himself conveyed this over the last few days to the ministers and assigned future roles for them, sources said.
After meeting Shah earlier in the day, Jaitley suggested that he may not hold charge of the Defence Ministry for long.
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One of the ministers who submitted his resignation to party general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal on Thursday told HT that he had been asked to step down.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be out of the country from September 3 to September 7 for the Brics summit in China and a state visit to Myanmar.
There is speculation that high-profile ministries such as Railways might see a change of guard, especially in light of recent derailments which prompted Suresh Prabhu to offer to resign.
Talk of a reshuffle gained ground after the BJP last month chose its senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu as its vice-presidential candidate.
"At least not for very long", Jaitley said in response to questions on how long he would continue as Defence Minister. Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment portfolio following the demise of Anil Madhav Dave in May. Kalraj Mishra, who is past the unofficial age ceiling of 75 years to serve in the government, is tipped to be headed for a gubernatorial assignment.