Sources also said the Union Agriculture Minister and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju may be shifted to different portfolios.
Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister for Water Resources Uma Bharti, Minister of State (MoS) for Commerce, Industry and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman have stepped down from their positions. "Rudy, Giriraj Singh and Baliyan have submitted their resignations". There is still no clarity on whether NCP will join the NDA and become a part of the government. Five junior ministers were also dropped. Sources attribute this to her failure to deliver on Modi's commitment to clean the Ganges, made in Varnasi ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He will work for the party. He is well above 75 years-the age bar the party has informally set for ministers.
Earlier in the day, Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey was appointed Uttar Pradesh BJP president in place of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, creating one more vacancy in the Council of Ministers.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was among the probables to be removed from the Cabinet, considering the resignation offered by him following the back-toback train derailment incidents in UP's Muzaffarnagar and Auriya districts. It could have happened on Friday as well but as President Ram Nath Kovind would be away, on a two-day visit to Tirupati, September 2 evening or September 3 morning are being seen as possible windows available to Team Modi for reshuffle.
Interestingly, close associates of Rudy reached out to the media trying to convey his side of the story.
Will overburdened four get relief?
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is already holding charge of the Defence Ministry after Manohar Parrikar resigned to become Goa Chief Minister.
Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan is holding additional charge of the Environment Ministry following the death of Anil Madhav Dave in May.