Monday, April 7, 2008

Expansion of Cabinet on Sunday

The expansion of the Union Council of Ministers will take place this evening and the exercise is likely to be limited to the induction of a few new faces from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Names of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Jitin Prasada and V Hanumantha Rao are doing rounds for possible induction.

President Pratibha Patil will administer oath to the new ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan at 1900 hours, official sources said.

There has been talk of a reshuffle at the Centre for quite some time now. There may also be a minor reshuffle of portfolios.

Priyaranjan Dasmunsi, who is holding charges of ministries of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, may have to give up one of the two portfolios in the wake of his appointment as West Bengal Pradesh Congress chief.

The term of Union Ministers Suresh Pachouri and M V Rajashekharan as Rajya Sabha members has also ended and it was not clear whether they would be continuing in the government.

The changes in the Cabinet gained momentum after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called on the President yesterday.

Reports said the Congress leadership has been considering effecting changes at the Centre level ahead of assembly polls in some of the key states later this year.

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