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Cabinet reshuffle LIVE: Salman Khurshid to get Ministry of External Affairs, Veerappa Moily Petroleum

Dailybhaskar.com   |  Oct 28, 2012, 11:44AM IST
New Delhi: Seven Cabinet ministers, including new faces K Rehman Khan and Chandresh Kumari, and 15 Ministers of State were sworn-in on Sunday as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expanded his Council of Ministers.
 
Five Ministers of State -- Dinsha Patel, M M Pallam Raju, Harish Rawat, Ajay Maken and Ashwani Kumar -- were promoted to Cabinet rank.
 
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari and actor-turned- politician Chiranjeevi were brought in as Ministers of State with independent charge, while Shashi Tharoor made a comeback as Minister of State after over two years.
 
12 new Ministers of State were sworn-in. They are Tarique Anwar (Maharashtra), K Suresh (Kerala), A H Khan Chowdhry, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhry and Deepa Dasmunshi, (West Bengal), S Satyanarayana, K Jayasuyraprakash Reddy, P Balram Naik, and Killi Kriparani (Andhra Pradesh).
 
Lalchand Kataria (Rajasthan), Ranee Narah (Assam) and Ninong Ering (Arunachal Pradesh) are the others who were sworn-in as MoS.

According to various TV reports, following are the confirmed portfolio: 
 
Former Law Minister Salman Khurshid has replaced SM Krishna. It has been officially announced that Khurshid will be the next Minister for External Affairs.

Ashwani Kumar has been appointed new Law Minister, replacing Salman Khurshid.

Manish Tewari is new Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (independent charge). 
 
Deepa Das Munshi to get Ministry of Culture.
 
Veerappa Moily to get Petroleum Ministry.
 
Jyotiraditya Scindia to get corporate affairs, and a move up to minister of state with independent charge.
 
Shashi Tharoor has been appointed as Minister of State, for Human Resource Development (HRD).

Pawan Kumar Bansal will be the new Union Minister for Railways.

Sachin Pilot will now head Ministry of Corporate Affairs as Minister of State with independent charge. 


12:50 pm: Ruling out early elections, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today's expansion of his Council of Ministers would probably be the last.

"I don't see early elections. Elections will be held in due course," he told reporters at the Rashtrapati Bhawan after the swearing-in ceremony. 
 
Asked whether this would be the last reshuffle, he said: "Hopefully, probably this is the last reshuffle." On Rahul Gandhi, the Prime Minister said he always wanted him in the government but he has pre-occupations. "He wants to strengthen the party," he said. 
 
Asked what was the message from today's exercise, he said it is a combination of youth, experience and relevance of portfolios. When asked what is the road ahead, the Prime Minister replied that the road ahead is full of challenges. 
 
To a question about the proposal to move some people from Government to party, he said: "The party also needs men and women of experience to strengthen it. They will be equally productive in the party." 

12:10 pm: Swearing in completed. Details are awaited of which ministry each of these new ministers will get are awaited.
 
Another Telangana leader Polika Balram Naik takes oath as Minister of State. He had some problem reading his oath but is led through by Pranab Mukherjee. He’s followed by Kruparani Killi, who is also from Andhra Pradesh.
 
Lalchand Kataira from Rajasthan also takes oath as MoS. He is the lone Congress loyalist no one has much to say about
 
A lot more regional leaders in ministries in the hope to taking on leaders like Mamata Banerjee. 

12:43 pm: Mamata opponents Deepa Dasmunshi, AH Khan Chowdhry and AR Chowdhry are sworn in as MoS.

S Satyanarayana, a leader from Telangana, also finds himself elevated to MoS. 

 
Ninong Ering from Arunachal Pardesh and Ranee Narah, who is head of Women’s cricket association of India, take oath as Ministers of State.


12:20 pm: Chiranjeevi takes oath as Minister of State. Surya Prakash Reddy from his home state, but from the Congress, is also sworn in.

12:15 pm: NCP leader Tarique Anwar has been inducted in the government.

12:10 pm: Manish Tiwari joined government as Minister of State with independent charge.

11:55 am: Shashi Tharoor has returned to the Manmohan Singh-led government as Minister of State. 

11:40 am: Ajay Maken and Pallam Raju likely to represent Team Rahul in Cabinet.
 
From Sports Minister to a Cabinet rank, Maken is likely to take over from Ambika Soni as Minister for Information and Broadcasting.
 
Pallam Raju goes from MoS Defence to a Cabinet Minister and Ashwani Kumar also is elevated. Kumar is set to become the next Law Minister.
 
Harish Rawat takes over as a Cabinet Minister. Some rewards for his revolt earlier this year in Uttarakhand?
 
Chandresh Kumari Katoch also takes oath as Cabinet Minister.

11:30 am: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan was the first to be sworn in as Cabinet Minister. He was followed by Dinsha Patel.
 
Khan is set to get Minority Affairs Minister.
 
11:11 am: Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily to get Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

 
11:05 am: Reports suggest that Chandresh Kumari Katoch is likely to get Ministry for Social Justice.
 
11.00 am: Cabinet posts: K Rahman Khan, Dinsha Patel, Ajay Maken, Pallam Raju, Ashwani Kumar, Harish Rawat, Chandresh Kumari Katoch. MOS with independent charge: Manish Tewari, K Chiranjeevi and Sachin Pilot.
 
10:58 am: Sources say Manish Tewari may get Corporate Affairs Ministry Ministers of State: Shashi Tharoor, Kodikunnil Suresh, Tariq Anwar, K Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy, Ranee Narah, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, Sarve Satyanarayana, Ninong Ering, Deepa Dasmunsi, Porika Balram Naik, Dr Smt Kruparani Killi, Lalchand Kataria.
 
10.56 am: Manish Tewari and K Chiranjeevi get MoS Independent Charge. Shashi Tharoor and Kodikunnil Suresh to be made MoS.
 
10.30 am: Deepa Dasmunsi may get Culture Ministry, Jyoti Mirdha, Tribal Affairs and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Power.
 
10.20 am: Tarique Anwar says he will be made a Minister of State. He, however, refuses to comment on the portfolio.
 
9.30 am: Ajay Maken refuses to comment on portfolio, says he is thankful to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi for considering him for the opportunity. Meanwhile, India Against Corruption leader Arvind Kejriwal flays the exercise, calling it futile and saying that the Congress is playing musical chairs.
 
9:26 am: Big movers - Salman Khurshid to get Ministry of External Affairs, MM Pallam Raju HRD, Ajay Maken to get Cabinet rank. Kapil Sibal to lose the important HRD portfolio.
 
Seven ministers on Satuday resigned from the UPA government, ahead of Sunday’s Cabinet reshuffle. 
 
Incumbent External Affairs Minister SM Krishna had submitted his resignation on Friday. 
 
Minister of State for Rural Development of the Nationalist Congress Party Agatha Sangma and MoS for Water Resources and Minority Affairs Vincent H Pala submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Earlier in the day, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik and Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay and MoS Justice and Empowerment Mahadev Khandela submitted their resignations. 
 
The shakeup is being widely seen as Congress’ effort to infuse fresh blood in the government in the face of an aggressive civil society, Opposition and media. In addition, the party is hoping to put its house in order ahead of the next general election by bringing senior leaders back on organisational assignments.
 
According to reports, the cabinet may get 10 new faces today. Sources also suggest that junior ministers might be promoted to new positions. The possible names of the successors in the External Affairs Ministry include Commerce Minister Anand Sharma. Andhra Pradesh MP Daggubati Purandeswari is likely to replace Sharma.
 
It seems almost certain younger leaders will get a larger role in the new ‘Team Manmohan’. While Meenakshi Natarajan, Pradeep Balmuchu, Deepa Dasmunsi, Pradip Majhi, Manicka Tagore, Manish Tewari, Chiranjeevi and Abu Hasnat Khan Chowdhury are among those expected to be inducted as ministers of state, sports minister Ajay Maken could get a cabinet berth. Tagore and Natarajan are considered close to Rahul Gandhi.
 
Among the ministers of state, Harish Rawat, KH Muniaappa, Sachin Pilot, Purandeswari and Jyotiraditya Scindia could be promoted — some to cabinet rank, others with independent charge.
 
Whether Rahul Gandhi would join the government is still a matter of conjecture even as the Prime Minister held consultations with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday, apparently to give final touches to the exercise.
 
Shashi Tharoor, former minister of state for external affairs, is likely to stage a comeback.
 
The NCP’s Tarique Anwar will be the only new entrant from the alliance parties in an otherwise all-Congress reshuffle. He may become a minister of state of agriculture. The DMK leadership has decided not to reclaim its berths.
 
The ceremony for swearing-in of new ministers is scheduled at 11.30 hours at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, when a number of new faces are likely to be inducted. 
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