Cabinet expansion on September 10

August 28 2012

It is possible that the much-awaited expansion of Manmohan Singh’s Cabinet will take place on September 10. Crossing paths with Ambani senior is going to cost dearly to Petroleum Minister Jaipal Reddy. There is speculation that due to extreme pressure from Mukesh Ambani, the petroleum ministry may be taken from Reddy and he may be made the sports minister. Ghulam Nabi Azad may be the new petroleum minister in his place. There is another possibility that power ministry may be taken from Vyalar Ravi and given to Azad. And because the current Parliament session will last until September 6, September 10 may be chosen as the date for the expansion. Several big portfolios are without a head – the ministry of heavy industries because of the sudden death of Vilasrao Deshmukh, the textile ministry because of Dayanidhi Maran and the names of Kanhimozhi and T R Baalu’s names are being pushed forward for the same. The names of other two DMK Parliamentarians, namely A K M Vijayan and T K Ilagovan are also floating. Apart from them, the other people who are hoping to be made ministers include Vilas Muttemar, Gurudas Kamat, Priya Dutt, K Rehman Khan, Oscar Fernandes, Janardan Diwedi, Chiranjeevi, Manish Tiwari, Manik Tagore and Kanipuram Vishvanath.

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