Rajiv Pratap Rudy resigned as Skill Development Minister on Thursday evening, further fuelling speculation that a reshuffle of the Union Cabinet may be around the corner.
Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has offered to resign on health grounds.
Rudy told CNN-News18 that he was resigning to focus on "party organisation", but political analysts see it as a clear hint that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on the verge of shuffling his pack.
Sources said that it was only after after this development that these leaders offered to resign from their posts. However, party leaders did not rule out their exit - Mishra has crossed the unofficial 75-years limit for a Ministerial position. However, sources said the AIADMK's entry might be delayed till the problems in the party were resolved. Kumar had left the NDA in 2013 but returned dramatically last month, dumping his poll partners Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress to renew an alliance with the BJP. If reports are to be believed, the PM may relieve Suresh Prabhu of the railways portfolio and Nitin Gadkari may be asked to take over as the railway minister.
Minister of State for Water Resources Sanjeev Balyan and MoS MSME Giriraj Singh have also resigned, according to sources. Their resignations comes ahead of the much awaited Cabinet reshuffle, expected to take place on Saturday.
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Sources said they were summoned for their views on who the next BJP chief in UP should be.
The fresh Cabinet rejig is expected by Saturday, after President Ram Nath Kovind returns from his two-day visit to Andhra Pradesh.
It has been reliably learnt that a few of the ministers have already submitted their resignations to the BJP Organisational secretary Ram Lal after meeting the party chief. Jaitley is among the ministers holding dual charge and it is said that the reshuffle may involve lessening the burdens of such ministers. "At least I hope not very long", Jaitley was quoted saying by ANI after he was asked for how long will he continue as the Defense Minister.
Besides Jaitley, three other union ministers are also holding additional charges of different ministries. The Environment ministry was also reassigned to Harsh Vardhan as additional charge after the death of minister Anil Dave.
There is curiosity whether the country will get a full-time Defence Minister this time.