SM Krishna resigns - Who should be the next Foreign Minister ?

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  1. Sridhar

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    S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

    External affairs minister S M Krishna resigned on Friday ahead of the reshuffle of the Union Cabinet scheduled on Sunday.

    The 80-year-old leader from Karnataka is believed to have sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the afternoon, sources said.

    Indications are that with the assembly elections due before next May in Karnataka, the former chief minister may be given a party assignment in the state.

    The resignation is also a clear indication that the Union Council of Ministers is set for a revamp on Sunday with the induction of new faces considered close to Rahul Gandhi and elevation of some young ministers of state.

    Whether Gandhi himself would join the government or not was still a matter of speculation though sources say that sometime back he was inclined towards such a possibility.

    Krishna was made the external affairs minister immediately after the elections in 2009 when UPA came back to power for the second time. His name has been part of the speculation whenever there was speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle.

    With less than 72 hours to go for Manmohan Singh to rejig his Cabinet in accordance with Rahul Gandhi's wishes, anxiety has begun to grip Congress circles over what might unfold on Sunday.

    Some see the exercise as an opportunity to showcase a new-found governance-related urgency which has already found reflection in reforms initiatives, and to change the focus of headlines from corruption and paralysis in the UPA. But others feel the exercise could be used as a springboard to bring in a younger set as part of the political messaging ahead of 2014.

    Party circles on Thursday were thick with speculation that foreign minister S M Krishna and environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan may be assigned other tasks. Tourism minister S K Sahay faces a risk of being dropped as part of the effort to contain the Coalgate fallout. He was in the dock for recommending allocation of coal blocks to a company that had his brother as a director. Coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal seems to be safe but may see a shift in his portfolio as part of the damage-control exercise.

    Kapil Sibal may be asked to shed one of his two portfolios. He started off as the HRD minister, but speculation is that he may be asked to continue looking after telecom now that the 2G mess has been sorted out considerably. However, Sibal may also replace Krishna if the latter is shifted out of the foreign ministry.

    There is also interest in C P Joshi's future. He held the highways portfolio before he was given additional charge of railways in the wake of Trinamool's exit - widely interpreted as reflecting Rahul's backing for the first-time member of Lok Sabha.

    Amid speculation, Joshi held discussions with the Planning Commission deputy chairman on "PPP model for railways": hardly a sign of somebody who feels he may be shunted out.

    Jyotiraditya Scindia, minister of state, is likely to get an elevation - independent charge of a ministry, if not Cabinet rank. Sachin Pilot is another young turk whose stock seems to be on the rise.

    The reshuffle will be followed by touching up of the organization where Rahul is likely to get a fresh projection, designation notwithstanding. The possibility of Rahul's elevation has set off murmurs about its possible repercussions, the most notable speculation being if he would make "his team". Senior leaders are jittery on how it could affect their clout.

    If Rahul brings in young leaders, it could come at the cost of apparatchiks who have manned the organizational bureaucracy. The issue has been the single big cause of friction, finally nudging the young leader to bring more synergy between the mother outfit and the Youth Congress.

    (With inputs from PTI)

    S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle - The Times of India
     
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    Re: S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

    He was going to be relieved and put in charge of Karnataka where it is likely that he will be the CM candidate for the up coming polls.

    PS: He will miss the MEA as he will not get to meet Hina Rabbani Khar :troll:
     
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    Re: S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

    He is supposed to resign after named in inquiry for Nandi project ?
     
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    Re: S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

    Road seems clear for Anand Sharma to be the MoEA.

    The mining scam or something new now?
     
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    S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

    NDTV and ToI will always mislead the nation.

    E-way scam makes SM Krishna resign
     
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    Candid evaluations of Krishna's performance and speculation over the reasons for his resignation.

    Your top contenders for the FM spot. And why.

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    External Affairs Minister S M Krishna resigned on Friday, news agencies and TV channels reported quoting unnamed government officials. Krishna has cancelled a scheduled visit to Laos, where he was to accompany Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a senior official in the prime minister's office told AFP.

    Krishna, a veteran Congress politician from the state of Karnataka, was speculated to be dropped or moved to another ministry during the reshuffle. His performance was considered average and analysts often pointed out that foreign policy was framed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his top advisors. In February 2011, Krishna inadvertently read out from a part of the Portuguese minister's speech at the UN Security Council meeting in New York.



    SM Krishna resigns as�foreign minister, speculations on - Hindustan Times
     
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    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    My top contenders for the next FM:

    Ambika Soni
    Shashi Tharoor
    Kamal Nath
    Anand Sharma

    with the man of choice being, Shashi Tharoor.
     
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    I hope we get Shashi Tharoor. At least he has a vision.
     
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    now that came as a shocker to me .....i guess age is getting to dear SM - pity ...he wasnt that bad IMHO - but time for change cant be avoided ....and we wont be hearing any more of that " the india-china border is the most peaceful in the world" , not those ridiculous statements any more

    shashi is my choice too - but he will have to rein in his usa-amercan-ness UNLESS we get solid backing from the USA - i mean real weapons and real defence manufacturing TOT - if that is unlikely then, - he will have to watch it in being too partial towards the usa - having gotten his doctorate from there ( a previous wife from canada ? ) and all the rest of it ............

    he will have to indianise himself more to be really taken more seriously ....i wish him very well, it will be most interesting to have him back !!
     
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    Rahul Gandhi incoming. This was being whispered about a few weeks ago.....
     
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    Shashi Tharoor
     
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    We need a male homosexual person as foreign min. This will prevent any sell out to Hina Rabbani. :troll:

    Shashi Tharoor is unlikely. Wonder if one from the younger lot is entrusted the responsibility. Deora, Prasad, Pilot etc.

    Ambika Soni back to party level with elections coming up. She is Sonia's right hand. Ditto with Anand Sharma.
     
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    make rahul gandhi next foreign minister and send him out of country for this full term:taunt1:
     
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    And return after selling the country? Kidding me?
     
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    Re: S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

    Didn't know he was that old...Looks quite young for his age.
     
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    Re: S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

    Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    I think the Lokpal of Karnataka has indicted him over the Mining issue!
     
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    Re: S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

    Wig pehenta hai ganju aur dentures... :)!
     
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    Re: S M Krishna resigns ahead of Union Cabinet reshuffle

    Portugal has lost one of its ardent supporters in UN . ;)
     
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