With a reshuffle of the Narendra Modi cabinet expected later in the day, resignations have started flying fast and thick with a number of Union Ministers resigning on Wednesday.
Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh ‘Nishank’ Pokhriyal has resigned citing health reasons, according to sources. As per reports, Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar has also resigned from the Narendra Modi cabinet ahead of the reshuffle.
The visitors at the PM’s residence include some of the current ministers of state like Anurag Thakur, Parshottam Rupala and G Kishan Reddy who are likely to be elevated. BJP’s senior general secretary Bhupender Yadav is also at the PM’s residence, where both Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda are already present.
Sources also said that 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, one of her close aides said.
The Cabinet expansion, which is expected on July 7, will be the first reshuffle since the Modi government returned to power for the second time in 2019. According to reports, the oath-taking ceremony of the new Union Cabinet Ministers is set to begin at the Rashtrapati Bhavan at 7 pm and the official invitation for the same has been issued.
Ahead of the expansion on Wednesday evening, ministerial probables met PM Modi at his residence.
Those meeting Modi included BJP’s Narayan Rane, Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ajay Bhatt, Bhupender Yadav, Shobha Karandlaje, Sunita Duggal, Meenakshi Lekhi, Bharati Pawar, Shantanu Thakur and Kapil Patil, JD(U)’s R C P Singh, LJP’s Pashupati Paras and Apna Dal’s Anupriya Patel.