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Harsh Vardhan among 12 who have resigned

Several ministers quit Union cabinet ahead of Modi's mega rejig

Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad among those who quit

Our Bureau, PTI New Delhi Published 07.07.21, 01:39 PM
Harsh Vardhan.

Harsh Vardhan. File picture

As many as 14 ministers have quit ahead of the scheduled Cabinet reshuffle this evening, and more are expected to follow their leads.

Labour minister Santosh Gangwar has also resigned from the Union Cabinet. Ramesh Pokhriyal was another prominent minister who quit the cabinet. He held the post of Education minister in the Cabinet. Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar resigned from their posts too.


Both have reportedly given health reasons in their resignation letters, according to

Later, health minister Harsh Vardhan also quit his post. He was widely criticised for his Covid-19 handling role. Minister of State for Health Ashwini Chaube also resigned.

Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda also resigned from the Union Council of Ministers.

Besides being the chemicals and fertilizers minister in the Narendra Modi government, Gowda has also held portfolios like Railways, Law, Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Sanjay Dhotre, Debashree Chaudhuri, Pratap Sarangi, Ratan Lal Kataria and Rao Saheb Dhanve Patil have also resigned from their posts. Minister of State Babul Supriyo has tendered his resignation as well.

Gangwar, who held the position of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment resigned from his post early this morning.

When asked whether he has resigned from the post of Labour Minister, Gangwar answered in the affirmative. "Yes I have resigned," he told PTI.

He, however, said he is not aware of what his new role in the government will be.

This will be the first reshuffle in the Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he assumed charge for a second term in May 2019.

The Prime Minister is expected to bring in young faces and give representation to various social groups and regions in the reshuffle.

Meanwhile, a number of leaders, many of whom are likely to be inducted as ministers, arrived at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence to meet him.

Those meeting Modi included BJP's Narayan Rane, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ajay Bhatt, Bhupender Yadav, Shobha Karandlaje, Pritam Munde and Meenakshi Lekhi, LJP's Pashupati Paras and Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel, sources said.

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