1. Rahul Gandhi may get a berth after Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday

    NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to shuffle his Cabinet on Sunday in an exercise that may carry Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's stamp and mark an end to the long wait among ministerial aspirants in party ranks.

    The run-up to the much-awaited changes has seen Rahul giving up his stance of aloofness to hold consultations with the Prime Minister. The key question, however, is if the leadership will induct and promote youngsters and if it will repatriate some ministers to the party.

    The scale of the changes will be significant in view of the organizational revamp that is likely to follow and because of the growing assessment that given the fragility of the cushion provided by SP and BSP, Congress has to buckle up for any eventuality.

    According to sources, key young MPs aligned with Rahul could be inducted as junior ministers, while some young faces may be in for elevation. Any futuristic projection of GenNext would aim to retrieve the political narrative slipping out of the UPA's hands in the wake of serious charges of corruption and malperformance.

    Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is minister of state (MoS), may be promoted to Cabinet rank or given independent charge, while MPs Meenakshi Natarajan and Pradeep Manjhi may join as MoS. Rajya Sabha MP from Jharkhand Pradeep Balmuchu may also get a key portfolio.

    As part of the Bengal quota, following the exit of Pranab Mukherjee, a junior berth would go to either the brother of late A B A Ghani Khan Choudhury or his grand-daughter Mausam Noor.

    The number of vacancies in the council of ministers is at an all-time high after the exit of the Trinamool Congress, which had six MoS and one Cabinet berth, and the DMK's continued reluctance to reclaim its two Cabinet posts.

    The resignation of Virbhadra Singh and the death of Vilasrao Deshmukh have created two Cabinet berths from the Congress quota while the shadow of scams may trigger the exit of a minister. The party also has plans to reduce the burden of ministers holding dual charge.

    A leg-up for youngsters may be accompanied by redirecting some ministers to the organization. Sources said social justice minister Mukul Wasnik, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh and health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad are being thought of as ideal managers to rev up key state units and the central campaign. Partymen say the projection of young leaders would complement the organizational elevation of Rahul, a combo that would help Congress to design its poll campaign around the generational makeover.

    The handing of party responsibilities to ministers would impress upon the cadre that the leadership is serious about setting the house in order, hoping it would add urgency to their agenda.

    "If there are going to be elections next year or even on schedule, you need some full-time managers to iron out problems in the state units," a key party leader said.
     
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  3. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    But will it not be a come down for Prince to be anything other than Prime Minister ?
     
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    After all that has happened I thought he'd have shelves all plans. Thick skin. He has to be prepared to be under greater media and IAC watch.
     
  5. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Instead he should be made president of bjp!
     

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