Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi resigned as Union Minority Affairs Minister on Wednesday, the ANI news agency reported.
The resignation of the top BJP leader comes amid speculation that he will replace Jammu and Kashmir’s deputy governor, Manoj Sinha, as the Electoral Commission prepares to hold assembly elections in the Union Territory before the end of the year.
Recently several BJP leaders were elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. However, the match did not give Mukhtar Abbas a Rajya Sabha ticket. His term as a Rajya Sabha MP will end on Thursday.
Shortly after resigning from the cabinet, Naqvi met with BJP chairman JP Nadda at the party’s headquarters in the capital.
Meanwhile, As per the reports, Naqvi’s name is also making the rounds for the post of Vice President. The Electoral Commission has already issued a notice for the August 6 elections to elect the 16th Vice President, launching the nomination process for candidates.
Along with Naqvi, another Union minister, Chandra Prasad Singh, also tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Modi a day before he is due to finish his term in the Rajya Sabha. Singh was a minister in Modi’s Cabinet of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) quota.
(This is a developing story…)
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