New Delhi: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and RCP Singh, two union ministers, resigned from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet on Wednesday.
Both ministers’ terms as Rajya Sabha MPs are slated to expire on Thursday. Both ministers’ terms as Rajya Sabha MPs are slated to expire on Thursday. From Friday, they would no longer be members of the Upper House.
Singh was the minister of steel in the Modi 2.0 Cabinet, and Naqvi was in charge of the minority affairs ministry.
According to sources, PM Modi on Wednesday praised Naqvi and Singh for their efforts towards the advancement of the nation.
Soon after the Cabinet meeting, Naqvi met BJP national president JP Nadda at the BJP headquarters.
According to various media sources, the BJP may choose Naqvi to be its vice presidential candidate for the upcoming elections in August or nominate him for the post of governor or lieutenant governor of some state or union territory.
At Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have lauded Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Ram Chandra Prasad Singh’s contributions to the country and the people amid indications that the two will quit the Union Council of Ministers.
Naqvi, a senior BJP leader, was the Deputy Leader of the Rajya Sabha. Singh was a minister in the Modi Cabinet from the JD (U) quota.