Cabinet reshuffle to take place on Sunday

Union Ministers Rajiv Pratap Rudy Uma Bharti Resign From Modi Cabinet Arun Jaitley Likely to Give Up Defence

The appointment of Union Minister of State Mahendra Nath Pandey as the next BJP chief of Uttar Pradesh lent greater impetus to an imminent Cabinet reshuffle that may take place on Saturday, a day ahead of Modi's depature on a two-nation visit to China and Myanmar from September 3 to 6.

Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Rajiv Pratap Modi, who is an MP from Saran in Bihar, is likely to be sent to his home state as deputy chief minister while the current Bihar deputy minister, Sushil Modi, may join the Modi cabinet, sources told India Today.

Kalraj Mishra is now the Union Cabinet Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

MSME Minister Kalraj Mishra has resigned from his post as he had crossed the 75-year mark set for all union ministers.

In addition, the cabinet reshuffle exercise may see the creation of some "super ministries" and Nitin Gadkari, widely hailed as among the best performers, may be a direct beneficiary.

Harvey to impact holiday weekend gas prices
Figures released yesterday from the US Energy Information Service showed stockpiles had fallen by 5.4 million barrels last week. The storm also led to some flows halted on the Colonial Pipeline, a major transportation source for fuel to the Northeast.

Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey has resigned from his post.

Suresh Prabhu is likely to take over as Environment Minister. Arun Jaitley, who is looking after two heavyweight portfolios of Defence and Finance, may shed one of them. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept it on hold. Tomar, the minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, was given the additional responsibility after Venkaiah Naidu became the Vice-President.

Nirmala Sitharam, who is presently serving as Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, as well as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, was asked to quit.

Modi's last reshuffle was in July 2016 when he brought in 19 new faces and promoted Prakash Javadekar to the Cabinet. Sources also said the Union Agriculture Minister and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju may be shifted to different portfolios.

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