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The Customary Musical Chairs

The Customary Musical Chairs
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The much-awaited pre-Budget cabinet reshuffle is likely in the last week of January. BJP sources say the new-look cabinet may include Gujarat heavyweight Keshubhai Patel and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. Also in the running is Rajnath Singh. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s induction is still uncertain, while that of BJP general secretary M.A. Naqvi is unlikely despite hectic lobbying.

Sanjay Paswan and Ravi Shankar Prasad, ministers of state for telecommunications and law respectively, hope they will get promoted. Lateral shifts are unlikely, though. Disinvestment minister Arun Shourie, who was expected to be shifted to commerce, may survive to fight another day. Health minister Shatrughan Sinha, who had been hoping for civil aviation, will have to rest content with what he has.

As for those likely to be dropped, Jana Krishnamurthy may be eased out on health grounds. But maximum speculation is centred on coal minister Uma Bharati and personnel minister Vasundhararaje Scindia, who have been given charge of MP and Rajasthan respectively but seem reluctant to relinquish their berths.

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