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RSS' Intervention In Cabinet Reshuffle Saves Union Minister Uma Bharti, Says Report

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| September 4 , 2017 , 19:55 IST

Uma Bharati, who was reportedly asked to submit her resignation, got a seat in the cabinet as the Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation against all odds. Some reports say it was only made possible after the RSS’s intervention in the BJP's cabinet reshuffle.

According to recent reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah had decided not to include Union Minister Uma Bharti into the cabinet but the RSS intervened and saved her place in the government.

However, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) could not fully save her as her portfolio of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation was handed over to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and she was given Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry in the new cabinet.

According to sources, BJP President Amit Shah had discussed the Cabinet reshuffle during his three-day RSS cordination committee meeting in UP's Vrindavan. It is said that he decided to remove Bharti and other ministers from the new cabinet over their "bad performance" during that time.

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The source also added that the RSS leadership advised Amit Shah not to remove her as it would give a bad message.

The party had earlier faced a setback after former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh left the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), while his Lodha community also shifted its alliance.

Since Bharti enjoys influence among the backward communities, BJP leadership didn't want to go through the same thing once again.

While the reshuffle was taking place in New Delhi, Bharti was camping in Jhansi.

Earlier, there were also reports that the BJP leader was avoiding the reshuffle and had planned to go to Varanasi to build pressure on her party, however she later denied those reports.

- With Agency Inputs