Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, R C P Singh resign from PM Modi cabinet

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Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday resigned from the Narendra Modi government. The development comes as his Rajya Sabha tenure is ending on July 7, Later, Union Minister R C P Singh also submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister, a day before his term was ending.

After Naqvi’s term in the Rajya Sabha expires, the Bharatiya Janata Party won’t have any Muslim representatives in the House of Representatives.

Syed Zafar Islam and MJ Akbar are two additional incumbent Rajya Sabha MPs from the saffron party whose terms ended in June and July. While Akbar retired on June 29, Islam’s term as ruler concluded on July 4.

In the Lok Sabha, the BJP has 301 representatives, yet none of them are Muslims. In the 2019 general elections, the BJP ran six Muslim candidates, however they all fared poorly. According to the 2014 election results, all seven candidates were defeated.

Singh, a former bureaucrat and former confidant of Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar and leader of the JD(U), resigned on his birthday, one year after being appointed to the Union Cabinet through his party’s quota. He received a morning wish from the prime minister.

Both ministers resigned as required by the constitution on Thursday, when their terms as Rajya Sabha MPs were slated to expire. As of Friday, they would no longer be members of parliament. After Naqvi, there won’t be any Muslim minister at the federal level, and the BJP won’t have any Muslim MPs among its close to 400 lawmakers.

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