Sanjeev Balyan, the Minister of State (MoS) for Water Resources resigned from his post in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet last night, according to ANI. According to reports, Sanjeev Balyan along with Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State for skill development and entrepreneurship, Kalraj Mishra, minister of micro, small and medium enterprises and Mahendra Nath Pandey Minister of State for Human Resource Development all offered to resign, as quoted by Reuters. Rajiv Pratap Rudy while talking about his resignation from Union Cabinet said, “The party has made a decision that we should resign, which is totally normal. (Party ka nirnaye hua ki aap apna isteefa dein, ye bilkul samanya hai)” He further added, “I was given a chance to work with the government, if given a chance will work for the party again in future. (Sarkaar mein kaam karne ka mauka mila, aage bhi party mein kaam karne ka mauka mile bas isi abhiyaan ke saath chalte hain)” Rajiv Rudy then said, “Ye prerogative hota hai sarkaar, PM ka, party ka niraye hota hai. Iss mein koi tark nahin hota.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to reshuffle his cabinet over the next two days and some mid-level ministers have offered to quit to pave the way for changes, according to sources in the party as quoted by Reuters. A revamp in the cabinet is the need of the hour as some ministers are holding multiple portfolios and it can bring down efficiency. Sources said more ministers may resign as PM Narendra Modi prepares to induct new faces, including those from the JD(U) and AIADMK, into his council of ministers.
Earlier on August 31, Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey was inducted as the Uttar Pradesh BJP president in place of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, creating one more vacancy in the Council of Ministers. The reshuffle may take place before PM Modi departs for China to attend the BRICS summit, according to PTI.