Cabinet reshuffle likely by Monday

Cabinet reshuffle likely by Monday
New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) A reshuffle and expansion of the Union Cabinet appears highly likely in the next few days in view of the advancing of the Budget Session of Parliament to February 16 and President A P J Abdul Kalam's 10-day foreign visit beginning on January 31.

Since new ministers are unlikely to be appointed just before the session, political circles were rife with speculation that the exercise could be held before Kalam's departure for Singapore on Tuesday.

As the President returns from Seoul on February nine, new ministes would hardly have time to prepare themselves for the three-month budget session.

Political circles therefore exepcted that the exercise could held either on Sunday or Monday.

There are about half a dozen vacancies in the Manmohan Singh ministry arising from the resignation of K Natwar Singh, deaths of P M Sayeed and Sunil Dutt, shifting of Ghulam Nabi Azad as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and K Rahman Khan becoming Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Another vacancy was created by the resignation of Jagdish Tytler in the wake of the Nanavati Commission's report on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Prime Minister's earlier attempts to resuffle and expand his ministry had to be put off for a variety of reasons, leaving ministerial hopefuls waiting in the wings.

The Prime Minister had himself said there was a need for expansion of the ministry and indicated recently that he would apply his mind on the matter after the winter session of Parliament.

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