IUML optimistic of fifth cabinet berth in Kerala
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 17, 2011, 23:11
Kozhikode: The IUML was optimistic of getting a fifth ministerial berth in the Congress-led UDF Government in Kerala, a senior party leader said on Sunday.

The demand for the fifth ministerial berth remained and the party was optimistic of getting it. "There is no opposition (to the demand) from any other front constituent," IUML State General Secretary Mohammed Bashir told reporters here after the party Secretariat meeting.

IUML is the second largest partner in the United Democratic Front and had won 20 seats in the recent assembly elections.

Replying to a question, he said the meeting did not discuss about the recent Union Cabinet reshuffle.

IUML had expected an elevation to cabinet rank or an independent portfolio for its nominee E Ahamed, now Minister of State for External Affairs, in the reshuffle. However, Ahamed was given additional charge of HRD Ministry.

State IUML President Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal presided over the meeting attended among others by Kerala Industries Minister PK Kunhalikutty, Education Minister Abdurab and state General Secretary KPA Majeed.


First Published: Sunday, July 17, 2011, 23:11

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