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Modi ministry reshuffle: Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya resigns

Modi ministry reshuffle: Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya resigns”

Several ministers quit, some keep up the guessing game, don't reveal if they have put in their papers The Union Council of Ministers is all set for a major overhaul on Sunday morning as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be reshuffling his team for the third time in as many years. The BJP is expected to accommodate its new allies, especially the Janata Dal (United), which is reportedly planning to send Rajya Sabha MPs RCP Singh and Santosh Kushwaha; the AIADMK has not yet resolved the question of who from the two party factions is to be sent to the Cabinet and has reportedly not received an invitation to join the Cabinet so far. However, it is unlikely that it will get resolved before 10 am on Sunday when the cabinet reshuffle has been slated for.

A revamp of the cabinet has been on the cards for months because some ministers are holding multiple portfolios which is seen as a drag on efficiency. The environment ministry was reassigned to Harsh Vardhan as an additional charge after the death of minister Anil Dave.

Pandey - a Brahmin - replaces OBC face Keshav Prasad Maurya, who had been UP BJP chief before the Assembly polls. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is now holding dual ministries - finance and defence - will let go of defence. Here is the list of ministers who resigned and those who offered to resign.

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Similarly, based on performance, five ministers of state with independent charge are likely to be elevated to cabinet rank.

Ganga rejuvenation was the pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Balyan and his boss, Uma Bharti, seems to have not made any visible progress in it. India's almost Rs 20,000 crore plan to clean the holy Ganga river is badly behind schedule, with large stretches contaminated by toxic waste and sewage, forcing Modi to intervene. Exit of 76-year-old Kalraj Mishra as minister nearly seems a fait accompli. This was followed late on Thursday evening by a slew of Union ministers who offered their resignations.

BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday met with ministers in the Union council, some of whom may be shifted to the party organisation. It will also see changes in health ministry (JP Nadda), agriculture (Radha Mohan Singh) and civil aviation, now held by the TDP, as crucial AI disinvestment will have to be undertaken. Keshari Nath Tripathi is West Bengal Governor but is also acting as Bihar's governor after Ram Nath Kovind became the President of India last month.

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There is also a buzz that Modi might even carve a mammoth transport and mobility portfolio- which could include road and surface transport, shipping as well as railways-and install Gadkari as its minister.

Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) is likely to join the BJP-led NDA government. He is now minister for medium and small enterprises.

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