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Harsh Vardhan, 11 others Ministers lose jobs hours ahead of Indian Cabinet reshuffle

A file photo of Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan addressing a WHO meeting to stress on low carbon emission and inclusive development. Photo: PIB

New Delhi, July 7 (MNN) Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and his 11 other Cabinet colleagues resigned on Wednesday afternoon, hours ahead of the reshuffle and expansion of Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Those who resigned included Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar, Animal Husbandry Minister Pratap Sarangi, Women and Child Welfare Minister Debasree Chaudhuri, Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre, and Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister DV Sadananda Gowda, MoS Ratan Lal Kataria, and MoS Heavy Industries Babul Supriyo,

Later reports said that IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar too had resigned while MoS for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey — who earlier was said to have resigned — had retained his position.

This would be the first ever major reshuffle in the Indian Cabinet during the second term of National Democratic Alliance led by the BJP in power at the Centre.

The reshuffle and induction of new Ministers is slated around 6 pm in the evening at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here. Reports said that 20-25 new Ministers were likely to be inducted into the Cabinet.

A day earlier, the government announced the creation of a new Ministry of Cooperation to strengthen cooperative movement in the country.

Also, Cabinet Minister Thaavarchand Gehlot was shunted out of Cabinet and made the Governor of Karnataka which is ruled by the BJP.

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