Ahead of the cabinet expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term, resignations have been taken from some big ministers. After Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, now Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar have also resigned. So far, a total of 13 ministers of the Modi government have resigned, out of which Thaawarchand Gehlot has been made the Governor of Karnataka a day earlier.
It is understood that the Corona crisis is behind Harsh Vardhan’s sacking, while Nishank has bid farewell to the cabinet due to ill health. But the most shocking names are of Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar. Prasad was the target of social media users amid the ongoing tug of war between Twitter and the government. Many users had accused him of mere ‘verbal deposit-spending’ instead of strict action against Twitter showing ‘defying the law of the land’. Twitter even temporarily blocked his account for an alleged violation of a US law.
These 13 ministers resigned
Thaawarchand Gehlot (Minister of Empowerment and Social Justice) – made Governor
Ravi Shankar Prasad (Law, IT and Electronics Minister)
Prakash Javadekar (Information and Broadcasting Minister)
Harsh Vardhan (Health Minister)
Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (Education Minister)
Santosh Gangwar (Labour Minister)
Sadananda Gowda (Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers)
Deboshree Choudhary (Minister of State for Women and Child Development)
Babul Supriyo (Minister of State for Environment)
Sanjay Dhotre (Minister of State for Education)
Pratap Sarangi (Minister of State for Animal Husbandry)
Ratanlal Kataria (Minister of State for Jal Shakti)
Raosaheb Danve Patil (Minister of State for Consumer Affairs)