Cabinet reshuffle LIVE updates: With 2019 in mind, Narendra Modi calls for rejig on Sunday; Congress says it will not have much impact

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New Delhi | Updated: September 2, 2017 1:28:17 AM

Cabinet reshuffle LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reshuffle his cabinet. Amid speculation about the possible cabinet rejig, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy has resigned.

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Cabinet reshuffle LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reshuffle his cabinet. Amid speculation about the possible cabinet rejig, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy has resigned. It has been learnt that Minister of State (Mos) Water Resources Sanjeev Balyan has also quit from the Cabinet. BJP chief Amit Shah had held a meeting with a few senior ministers at his residence on Thursday morning. Shah also met PM Modi later in the day. The impending cabinet reshuffle will be PM Modi’s third. After clinching a favourable mandate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, a total of 45 ministers were sworn in. Subsequently, PM Modi had gone for two rejigs. One in November, 2014 and the second in July, 2016.

Track latest updates on PM Modi Cabinet reshuffle

1:25 AM: Arun Jaitley is in charge of two heavyweight ministries- finance and defence- while Harsh Vardhan, Smriti Irani and Narendra Singh Tomar are also handling additional charges, reported PTI.

1:15 AM: Shah had met Modi yesterday and the two leaders are understood to have finalised the changes in the council of ministers, reported PTI.

1:00 AM: Four junior ministers – Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Sanjiv Kumar Balyan, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Mahendra Nath Pandey – have resigned ahead of the rejig, reported PTI.

12:50 AM: Bihar Congress on verge of split, rebels plan to crossover to ruling JD(U), tweeted TOI.

12:40 AM: Narendra Modi Cabinet rejig on Sunday, Uma Bharati may stay, tweeted TOI.

11: 50 PM: Earlier from the day: Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge) resigns from his post ahead of Sept 3 cabinet reshuffle.

11: 40 PM: Several new faces, including some from the BJP’s allies, are expected to join the government when Prime Minister Narendra Modi reshuffles his council of ministers on Sunday.

11: 30 PM: According to PTI, Naidu’s Information and Broadcasting portfolio went to Smriti Irani, the minister for Textiles.

11: 15 PM: In the rejig, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may induct new faces lessening the burden on these ministers.

11:00 PM: Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Sanjeev Balyan, who resigned as union ministers ahead of Sunday’s cabinet rejig today said they followed the directions of the party leadership to step down, reported PTI

10: 45 PM: Ahead of the Assembly polls in Karnataka early next year, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today inducted three new faces into his council of ministers to fill the vacant slots, said PTI.

10: 35 PM: According to ANI, Sunday’s reshuffle is likely to take load off four ministers who are holding additional charges after vacancies arose in the cabinet.

10: 25 PM: Mahendra Nath Pandey thanked PM Modi and party chief Amit Shah for giving him an opportunity to serve the people of the state as the new Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president, reported ANI.

10: 20 PM: Speaking to ANI, the Uttar Pradesh BJP chief said that he has already conveyed about his resignation to BJP President Amit Shah and will soon be talking to Prime Minister Modi in the regard.

10: 15 PM: Earlier in the day, the newly appointed Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Mahendra Nath Pandey hinted of stepping down from his Central post, reported PTI.

10: 08 PM: Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari met Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence ahead of the major cabinet reshuffle.

(Image: ANI)

10: 00 PM: Key ministries for more than three years were without a Cabinet minister, which had never happened, said Anand Sharma.

9: 50 PM: The Congress leader also claimed that the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) had from day one virtually been done away with, even though, he said, it existed on paper.

9: 45 PM: Further hitting out at PM Modi, Sharma told reporters, “He may appoint anyone and remove anyone and change any portfolios but will make a zero difference because this is the prime minister who believes in the complete concentration of power.”

9: 30 PM: Congress senior spokesperson Anand Sharma told PTI that the reshuffle would make no difference to the government as there was lack of talent in the Council of ministers.

9: 15 PM: Here’s the list of leaders who are likely to be appointed in PM Modi’s cabinet. Wach video.

9: 00 PM: As many as seven ministers resign ahead of Cabinet reshuffle. Watch video

8: 45 PM: The Congress party has recently said that PM Narendra Modi believes in concentrating power and thus cabinet reshuffle is of no use.

8: 35 PM: PM Narendra Modi is likely to meet BJP President Amit Shah tonight in order to discuss strategy ahead of the massive cabinet reshuffle on Sunday morning.

8: 25 PM: Demonetisation, UDAY scheme, GST implementation, Foreign Trade Policy revision, Insolvency and Bankruptcy code are some of the schemes undertaken by the present Cabinet.

8: 12 PM: The official reshuffle and swearing ceremony will take place on Sunday morning after President Ram Nath Kovind returns from his trip to Tirupati.

8: 08 PM: Earlier in the day, Hindustan Times reported that Party general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal stated that he had been asked to step down.

8: 03 PM: Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has also reportedly resigned. Singh has been facing a warth by the Opposition over the death of protesting farmers in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur. BJP also lost a recent by-election to the Congress here.

7: 57 PM: According to The Quint, Nirmala Sitharam who is currently the MoS for Finance and Corporate Affairs, may be shift to become BJP’s main spokesperson.

7: 51 PM: Rajiv Pratap Rudy speak on cabinet reshuffle. Watch video

7: 45 PM: It is also being speculated that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar may be handed over the Urban Development Ministry. The post was given to Narendra Singh Tomar after senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu was appointed as the Vice President of the country.

7: 35 PM: According to NDTV, the newly appointed ministers are expected to take oath at the Ashoka Hall of presidential palace at Rashtrapati Bhawan at 10 am on Sunday morning. After this PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to leave for China for a BRICS summit.

7: 24 PM: According to a recent report by India Today, Bandaru Dattatreya, MoS Labour and Employment has recently resigned from the Modi government.

7: 20 PM: Take a took at some star preformers of Narendra Modi’s cabinet. Watch video

7: 10 PM: Here’s a recap of the list of ministers who have or are reportedly to quit their cabinet berths:

i. Rajiv Pratap Rudy as MoS for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

ii. Uma Bharti as Minister for Water Resources.

iii. Mahendra Nath Pandey as MoS for Human Resource Development

iv. Faggan Singh as MoS for Health

v. Sanjiv Balyan as MoS for Agriculture and Food Processing

vi. Nirmala Sitharam, MoS (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry,

vii. Giriraj Singh as MoS for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

viii. Suresh Prabhu as Union Minister.

(Image: PTI)

7: 05 PM: As the AIADMK has not received any calls from PM Narendra Modi or any of BJP heavyweights, the south party sources told NDTV that reports of them getting cabinet seats are incorrect.

6: 55 PM: Even Congress leader Anand Sharma told India Today that any reshuffle will not result in any change. “Ultimately it is PM and his office who runs the govt. PM has ruined the Cabinet form of government,” he added.

6: 45 PM: “The previous cabinet was ineffective. Shuffling of cards won’t add value,” Khurshid told India Today.

6: 40 PM: PM Narendra Modi’s big cabinet reshuffle to take place on Sunday. Watch video

6: 35 PM: Commenting upon the recent cabinet reshuffle by PM Modi, former Law Minister Salman Khurshid recently said “Skill India has failed, there is no job creation.”

6: 27 PM: According to Hindustan Times, Uddhav Thackrey led Shiv Sena, which has only one minister at the Centre, is expecting another berth in the cabinet which the party leaders say has been due since a long time.

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6: 22 PM: Surjewala further said that the pressure build up on governance issues by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and his party is the main reason behing the Cabinet rejig.

6: 12 PM: “We sincerely hope that Cabinet reshuffle will provide meaningful gains for the country in terms of government and delivery rather than it becoming a mere paper exercise to distribute political soap,” Surjewala added further.

6: 05 PM: “Current Cabinet is like bunch of non performers who are visionless and clueless. Even PM’s own position has become shaky,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told India Today.

6: 00 PM: According to India Today, Opposition-led by Congress party has termed NDA’s cabinet reshuffle as mere a paper work and claimed that it will not have much impact.

5: 55 PM: PM Narendra Modi last expanded his team in July 2016.

5: 50 PM: Under the formula behind PM Modi’s cabinet reshuffle. Watch video.

5: 45 PM: Sources close to say that Nitin Gadkari might get the Railway Ministry whereas Suresh Prabhu may be shifted to the Environment ministry.

5: 40 PM: Some reports also suggests that NCP leader Sharad Pawar may join the Modi Cabinet. However, the party had on August 28 denied the speculations.

5: 35 PM: According to Indian Express, Mahendra Nath Pandey is likely to be relieved of MoS HRD.

5: 30 PM: According to reports, currently there are seven vacancies in Raj Bhawans.

5: 20 PM: As per the constitutional amendment, the limit cannot exceed beyond 15 per cent of the total strength of the Lok Sabha which is 545.

5: 15 PM: The current strength of the council of ministers, including the prime minister, is 73 and the maximum number of ministers cannot go beyond 81.

5: 10 PM: Four ministers quit ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle. Watch video

5: 05 PM: According to PTI, AIADMK leader Thambidurai had met Shah yesterday, and he, besides party leaders P Venugopal and V Maitreyan, may be the likely representatives from the Tamil Nadu party if it decides to join the government. However, there has been no confirmation about the same from AIADMK.

4: 55 PM: BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, party’s vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Prahlad Patel, Suresh Angadi, Satyapal Singh and Prahlad Joshi are being talked about within the party as probable ministers.

4: 45 PM: BJP President Amit Shah had met PM Modi yesterday and the two leaders are understood to have finalised the changes in the council of ministers, repored PTI.

4: 38 PM: The Janata Dal United (JDU) has most likely nominated RCP Singh and Santosh Kumar Kushwaha, sources told The Hindu.

4: 30 PM: Here is all you need to know about PM Modi’s cabinet reshuffle. Watch video

4: 25 PM: Shiv Sena upset with BJP, as they don’t seem to be getting any new entries in Cabinet, reported Times Now.

4: 15 PM: Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Prakash Javadekar are some names expected to be promoted in the cabinet reshuffle.

4: 05 PM: According to India Today sources, the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) carried out a detailed audit of performance of Cabinet ministers.

3: 55 PM: An excel spreadsheet of the ministers and their rating was reportedly submitted to PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, said NDTV.

3: 50 PM: According to NDTV, the reshuffle will take place on the basis of ministers’ performance, proactivity and efficiency.

3: 40 PM: Even Santosh Kumar who is MP from Purnia, Bihar is also expected to get a portfolio in the new cabinet.

3: 35 PM: Even a top BJP leader from Uttarakhand could be introduced in the cabinet.

3: 30 PM: Kalraj Mishra, Lalji Tandon and Vijay Kumar Malhotra could be appointed as governors, said the report.

3: 26 PM: Party asked me to resign, says Rajiv Pratap Rudy. Watch video

3: 23 PM: also speculates that that Suresh Prabhu, who had recently offered to resign as Railways Minister in the wake of the train derailments, may be shifted to the environment ministry.

3: 20 PM: Railways, aviation, roads and shipping ministries could be merged into a single transport ministry, added the report.

3: 16 PM: According to, it is also expected that the agriculture and fertilizer ministries might be merged into a new system.

3: 13 PM: Republic TV sources stated that as many as nine ministers could return to the party fold along with a minimum of seven new ministers in the cabinet.

3: 10 PM: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi before ahead of NDA’s cabinet reshuffle, reported Republic TV.

3: 07 PM: “A process has been set in motion for the swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan around 10 am on Sunday,” the official said told PTI.

3: 04 PM: This is for the third time that Narendra Modi is going for a cabinet reshuffle after he took over as the PM in 2014.

3: 01 PM: Inside details ahead of NDA’s Cabinet reshuffle. Watch video

2: 58 PM: “I am thankful that I got the opportunity to work for the party and will continue to do this. It is their prerogative,”  Rudy added.

2: 55 PM: “This is a decision by the Prime Minister, the government and the party and we are the soldiers of the party. There is no strategy behind this,” Rajiv Pratap Rudy told media after his resignation.

2: 52 PM: According to India Today, Congress party has recently claimed that the Cabinet is made of non-performers.

2: 48 PM: According to ANI, other ministers who have resigned are Uma Bharti, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Ministers of state for agriculture and food processing Sanjeev Balyan and Minister Giriraj Singh, and Minister of state for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste.

2: 45 PM: Being a responsible member of party, I’ll abide by party’s decision: Faggan Singh Kulaste, MoS for Health & Family Welfare told ANI on his resignation.

2: 43 PM: “I have asked PM and Amit Shah to relieve me from my ministerial duties so that I can focus on UP,” says Mahendra Nath Pandey.

2: 41 PM: According to ANI sources, Union Cabinet re-shuffle, expansion and swearing-in ceremony of newly inducted ministers will take place on September 3.

2: 38 PM: Anand Sharma, Congress: Any portfolio change does not make a difference.

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2: 35 PM: According to PTI sources, PM Narendra Modi is all set to go for a cabinet reshuffle on Sunday at 10 am.

2: 30 PM: The report also adds that as many as 14 new faces are set to be included in the new cabinet.

2: 27 PM: According to Republic TV sources, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has also got a call from the Centre and has been asked to be in New Delhi.

2: 24 PM: According to a lastest update by News X, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who currently serves as BJP national vice president, may be inducted as a minister.

2: 16 PM: Suresh Angadi and Prahlad Joshi to be inducted as ministers, says NewsX.

2:00 PM: The much-awaited Modi cabinet reshuffle will take place on Sunday morning.

1:51 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to rejig his cabinet over the weekend, says Times Now.

1:10 PM: I don’t have anything to say now, says Union Minister Uma Bharti on resignation rumours.

1:07 PM: Here is what Uma Bharti said about Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

1:03 PM: The three-day coordination meeting of the Sangh Parivar began yesterday with top leaders of the saffron combine including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and BJP president Amit Shah in attendance.

1:00 PM: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley; Home Minister Rajnath Singh; senior Sangh functionaries Bhaiyyaji Joshi, Dattatreya Hosabale and Krishna Gopal; Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and VHP’s Pravin Togadia are expected to attend the meeting.

12:57 PM: Take a look at Uma Bharti’s tweet

12:50 PM: WATCH- Modi cabinet reshuffle

12:47 PM: BJP chief Amit Shah yesterday had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid speculation of a Cabinet reshuffle.

12:44 PM: The decision to appoint a new chief has come forth as Maurya is expected to be elected to the Legislative Council to continue as Deputy Chief Minister of UP.

12:41 PM: Pandey is a BJP MP from Chandauli constituency.

12:39 PM: Pandey has replaced Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya who was serving as UP BJP chief.

12:37 PM: WATCH- Here are Ministers who have proposed to resign

12:34 PM: “I have to tender my resignation as the state Union Minister, as Uttar Pradesh is a huge state and there are lots of responsibilities,” Pandey said, adding that he will be meeting Prime Minister Modi regarding this.

12:31 PM: Speaking to ANI, the Uttar Pradesh BJP chief said that he has already conveyed about his resignation to BJP President Amit Shah and will soon be talking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the same.

12:28 PM: The newly appointed Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Mahendra Nath Pandey had hinted at his stepping down as the minister of state for human resource development, ahead of the reshuffle in the union council of ministers.

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12:25 PM: The president Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to leave for Tirupati on Friday. As of now nothing has been communicated to Rashtrapati Bhawan, as per reports.

12:22 PM: Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey has resigned from his post after he was named Uttar Pradesh BJP President yesterday, ANI reported.

12:19 PM: The president Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to leave for Tirupati on Friday. As of now nothing has been communicated to Rashtrapati Bhawan, as per sources.

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12:13 PM: There are several vacancies in the government while some senior ministers, including FM Arun Jaitley and Harsh Vardhan, are holding additional portfolios.

12:10 PM: Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has also reportedly offered to quit on health grounds.

12:08 PM: AIADMK’s Thambi Durai and K Venugopal are being seen as among likely representatives of their party in the Cabinet if the Tamil Nadu party joins the Modi government. At least two members of the JD(U) are also likely to join.

12:05 PM: The reshuffle may take place before PM Modi departs for China to attend the BRICS summit. BRICS summit will be held on September 3-5 in Chinsese city Xiamen.

12:02 PM: WATCH- Five ministers proposed to resign?

12:00 PM: Yesterday, 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.

11:57 AM: Sources said Kalraj Mishra, who had met Amit Shah yesterday, may also resign. He is well above 75 years, the age bar the party has informally set for  ministers.

11:54 AM: Rudy, who was holding the portfolio of skill development and entrepreneurship and represents Bihar’s Saran Lok Sabha constituency, is expected to be given an organisational assignment in the BJP, sources close to him said.

11:51 AM: WATCH- Modi cabinet reshuffle

11:48 AM: According to reports, more ministers may resign as Modi prepares to induct new faces, including those from the JD(U) and AIADMK, into his council of ministers.

11:45 AM: Party had demanded resignation, I have done so. From now on, I will campaign for the party in Western Uttar Pradesh, says Sanjeev Balyan on resignation from Cabinet.

11:42 AM: MoS Water Resources Sanjeev Balyan resigned from the Cabinet, last night.

11:40 AM: Party had decided that I should resign on my own, this is common, said Rajiv Pratap Rudy on his resignation.

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