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RAHUL MISRA/ (WITH AGENCY INPUTS) | New Delhi, October 25, 2012 21:19
Tags : upa cabinet expansion | manmohan meet sonia | rahul gandhi induction | young faces in cabinet |
 

The much-awaited reshuffle in the Union Council of Minister's is likely to take place on Sunday (October 28). To believe the sources in the Congress party, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made a last ditch effort to induct party General Secretary Rahul Gandhi alongwith some of his key aides.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi could finalise the changes in the Union Council of Ministers in a meeting tomorrow. The two leaders are meeting for the Congress Core Group deliberations and could utilise the occassion for separate talks on the much-talked about reshuffle.

The union cabinet is already faced with multiple vacancies- half-a-dozen created last month when Mamata Bannerjee led Trinamool Congress withdrew support from the UPA. Earlier, two senior Dravida Munnetra Khazhagam submit resignations in the wake of graft charges, followed by resignation of Congress Stalwart from Himanchal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh who held powerful steel ministry. Prior to that, one more birth was rendered vacant after the demise of Vilas Rao Deshmukh. Apart from these vacancies there are couple of union ministers with multiple portfolios, like, CP Joshi, Vayalar Ravi, M Veerappa Moily, Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma. The sources claim that some of these ministers are also likely to be stripped of additional charges thereby creating almost more than a dozen vacancy, which finally necessitates a reshuffle in the union cabinet.

The sources claim that among the top-rank cabinet ministers, only External Affairs Minister SM Krishna is likely to be dropped from the Union cabinet and asked to look after the party affairs ahead of assembly elections in Karnataka next year and Lok Sabha general elections in 2014.

However, the party is still divided over induction of Rahul Gandhi, and with no clear hint from the party high command, the field is still fertile for guess-work, however, sources claim that Manmohan Singh has strogly pitched for the induction of Rahul and other young faces in the party to project a dynamic and vibrant ministry in the run-up to the crucial Lok Sabha elections where the party will strive for the third consecutive term at the Centre.

However, apart from the decision on Rahul's induction, the names of some young faces are in circulation in the power corridors. To name some, Sachin Pilot, Milind Deora, RPN Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia stand fair chances of getting elevated in the Sunday reshuffle-cum-expansion. Manish Tewari, Deepa Dashmunshi and Chiranjeevi are likely to be inducted into the ministry. Other young faces from the party believed to be among close aides of Rahul Gandhi are also likely to be inducted in the council of ministers.

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