PM Modi does not like being asked questions: BJP MP

PM Modi does not like being asked questions: BJP MP

PM Modi does not like being asked questions: BJP MP

Prime Minister Modi and BJP president Amit Shah also had a one-on-one meeting to finalise the reshuffle and identify the ministers to be drafted for organisational work.

Prime Minister Modi will reshuffle his Cabinet on Sunday at 10 am before leaving for China to attend the BRICS Summit. Sources have, however, denied reports that Transport Minister Nitish Gadkari could get charge of Railways.

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and junior ministers Sanjeev Balyan and Giriraj Singh also stepped down, NDTV 24X7 reported, citing unnamed sources.

Among the ministers who resigned, Pandey was named the Uttar Pradesh BJP chief earlier in the day, and insiders said that Rudy may also be allotted organisational responsibilities.

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A cabinet reshuffle has been on the cards since Manohar Parrikar resigned as Defence Minister to become Chief Minister of Goa.

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

Lok Sabha member from Bihar Ashwini Choubey and Pravesh Verma, Lok Sabha member from Delhi, late BJP leader Sahib Singh's son, who called on Shah on Saturday, are also seen as contenders for the ministerial berths.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, seen among the "good performers" in the Government, may be given an elevation and so may be the case with Commerce Minister Nirmala Seetharaman. And after the retaining period of Arun Jaitley, the new defence minister expected to be appointed today. Nine of India's 14 prime ministers have come from the nation's most populous state, which includes Modi's political base Varanasi.

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He will have to continue as MP as the party leadership may not want to have Lok Sabha by-elections on its hands. "Modi regularly meets party MPs but he doesn't like questions being asked of him", the Indian Express reported Patole as saying.

Pradhan is known to have spearheaded one of Prime Minister Modi's main schemes - the "Give it Up" plan for people to forego subsidised cooking gas or LPG voluntarily.

Union Cabinet Minister Kalraj Mishra is likely to be dropped from Cabinet. President Ram Nath Kovind will be swearing in the group of new Cabinet ministers. These projects are spread over several states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Telangana, and Kerala. Hardeep Puri is also considered close to LK Advani and, in a sense, balances out RK Singh's presence in the Modi cabinet.

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Ananth Kumar holds the portfolios of Chemicals & Fertilisers and Parliamentary Affairs, while Dr Harshvardhan has been handling the additional charge of Forest & Environment after the death of Anil Dave, besides holding the Ministry of Science, Technology & Earth Sciences. Patel was made Minister of State for coal during Vajpayee regime. Tomar, who is Rural Development Minister, holds additional charge of Urban Development while Textiles Minister Irani holds additional charge of Information and Broadcasting.

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