Just hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega reshuffle, several Ministers have tendered their resignations and more are expected.
Reports said Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has resigned citing health issues, while Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar has also quit the Modi cabinet citing the same reasons.
However, earlier on Tuesday, Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot, who was recently appointed as the Governor of Karnataka, had announced his intention to submit his resignation. He has also resigned from the membership of the Rajya Sabha.
Other big names who have resigned include Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister Chemicals and Fertilizers Sadananda Gowda, MoS Consumer Affairs Danve Raosaheb Dadarao, Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre have resigned as well.
Minister of State for Women and Child Development Ministry Debasree Chaudhuri also resigned from the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. Chaudhuri reportedly submitted her resignation this morning. Minister of State for Jal Shakti Ratan Lal Kataria and MoS Animal Husbandry, Dairying, and Fisheries Pratap Sarangi has also resigned.
Ahead of the expansion on Wednesday evening, BJP’s Narayan Rane, Sarbananda Sonowal, Ajay Bhatt, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Bhupender Yadav, Shantanu Thakur, Shobha Karandlaje, Sunita Duggal, Bharati Pawar, Meenakshi Lekhi, and Kapil Patil, JD(U)’s R.C.P. Singh, LJP’s Pashupati Paras, and Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel met PM Modi at his residence.
However, leaders who are likely to make an entry into the Narendra Modi Cabinet include Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, and Sushil Modi. R.C.P. Singh, JD(U) leader and a close confidant of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar may find a place in the Cabinet.
While the current strength of the Union Council of Ministers is 53 besides PM Modi, only 27 more Ministers can be inducted. If he goes ahead with the exercise, this will mark the first-ever cabinet expansion exercise since the NDA government assumed power in May 2019.
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