Guwahati News Desk: In a surprising event prior to the reshuffling of the Modi Cabinet, several ministers including Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad resigned from their posts.
The reshuffling was scheduled on Wednesday from 6 pm.
As Javadekar was the spokesperson of the government, the decision was shocking and unexpected.
The 12 other ministers who have also resigned from the Cabinet are the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. However, Nishank have expressed his unwillingness to continue in his post due to health reasons.
The other ministers to resign include – chemicals and fertilisers minister DV Sadananda Gowda, labour minister Santosh Gangwar, education minister of state Sanjay Dhotre, minister of state for women and child development Debasree Chaudhuri, minister of state for jal shakti Rattan Lal Kataria and minister of state for environment Babul Supriyo.
According to Modi, the major reshuffle is being done to bring focus on equal representation of gender, caste and community.
Also, the list of new ministers has a mix of youth and those who come with rich administrative experience, including former chief ministers.
Hence, 36 new ministers took oath and seven ministers of state are being promoted, for which all of them met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence earlier in the day.