Naqvi currently holds the Minority Affairs portfolio and is the only Muslim face in the Union Cabinet
Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and JD(U) leader RCP Singh resigned from the Union Cabinet on Wednesday as their terms as MLAs came to an end.
Ministers will cease to be members of the Rajya Sabha from Thursday and rules require ministers to be elected to both houses of Parliament within six months of their appointment. According to constitutional expert PDT Achari, as the minister ceases to be a member of the House, he is required by law to resign from his post.
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“A minister has six months to be appointed as a member of Parliament, but in this case, he is not eligible for the provision as it is not applicable in continuation. He should resign,” he said.
In the last round of nominations to the Rajya Sabha, the BJP surprised by not renominating Naqvi, who had earlier represented Jharkhand in the upper house.
Naqvi currently holds the Minority Affairs portfolio and is the only Muslim face in the Union Cabinet. There are speculations that the party may nominate Naqvi for the post of governor or for the vice-presidential election on August 6. There has also been talk of re-nominating Naqvi to the upper house from Tripura. The post fell vacant after Manik Saha was appointed as Chief Minister.
On Wednesday, Naqvi submitted his resignation after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president JP Nadda.
The Prime Minister lauded the work of the JD(U) leaders, who hold the Steel portfolio and whose tenure in the RS ends on Thursday.
He was also not re-nominated by the JD(U). Although there is speculation that he will join the BJP; BJP party leaders have ruled out this possibility. A BJP functionary said the BJP is running a coalition government with the JD(U) in Bihar and does not want to upset its allies by taking Singh to power.
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