Now the cabinet reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi becomes a reality. A host of ministers, including Uma Bharati, Nirmala Sitaraman and Pratap Rudy, are among the prominent, besides several others, who have submitted their resignations to the party Chief Amit Shah on Thursday.
While some of them were hinted that they are unlikely to get a place due to their non-performance, few may be drawn party work to accomplish Modi-Shah combination’s “Mission South”. One or two among those resigned due to party’s ‘age restriction’ norm.
Sources said that Shah met scores of ministers who are being dropped from the council of ministers, and asked them to submit their resignations separately.
“Union ministers — Kalraj Mishra, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Giriraj Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Sanjeev Baliyan and Uma Bharti — will be dropped from the council of ministers due to various reasons,” sources said.
It has been reliably learnt that a few of the ministers have already submitted their resignations to the BJP Organisational secretary Ram Lal after meeting the party chief.
“Rudy, Giriraj Singh and Baliyan have submitted their respective resignations to Ram Lal. All three of them are being dropped from the council of ministers for failing to deliver on key promises of the NDA government concerning their ministries,” sources added.
Sitharaman, sources said, will return to party works, with Shah seeking to draft her in a key role for the ambitious Mission South.
Sources also stated that the AIADMK leader and deputy Speaker in the Lok Sabha M Thambidurai had sought time from the BJP chief on Thursday, but could not get the appointment due to Shah’s busy schedule.
Union minister Kalraj Mishra, who is past the unofficial age ceiling of 75 years in the Modi government, is tipped for gubernatorial assignment, sources said.
Union ministers of states — Mahendra Nath Pandey and Vijay Sampla — who are party unit chiefs in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab respectively are also set to be dropped from the council of ministers.
There is a strong possibility of Union Minister Uma Bharti being dropped from the Cabinet, sources said, who added that the apparent lack of performance in delivering on Prime Minister’s commitment to clean the Ganges in Varanasi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections going against her.
Sources said that the Cabinet reshuffle may take place on Saturday upon return of President Ram Nath Kovind from Thirupathy.
However, there is no clarity yet about union minister for railways Suresh Prabhu, who had owned the moral responsibility following the derailment of Utkal Express train at Khatauli in UP.
Sources said that he may not be dropped from the cabinet but his portfolio could be changed.
The Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is learnt to be keen to get the Ministry of railways for one of the nominees of the JD(U) in the Cabinet.
Meanwhile, close aides of Rudy reached out to reporters, saying “the minister had been given a new Ministry of skill development which neither had an office nor any staff of experience to rely on and therefore it would be highly unreasonable to expect from him to deliver on tall promises made by the government”.