New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday described the
Cabinet reshuffle as a "damp squib" and insisted that Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh has failed to reassure the nation and
dispel the "gloom shadowing the UPA government".
"The Prime Minister`s much acclaimed and awaited
reshuffle has proven to be a damp squib. It is a futile
exercise which inspires none and in no way dispels the gloom
shadowing the embattled UPA government," BJP spokesperson
Rajiv Pratap Rudy told agency.
Singh today dropped five ministers and inducted 13 new
faces into his Council of Ministers. However, Home Minister P
Chidambaram and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal have been left
untouched. BJP had been demanding their removal.
"This is a wasted exercise which unreservedly attests
that we have a dysfunctional government that is destined to
sink. Apparently, the Prime Minister has failed to reassure
the nation once again," Rudy said.
While there has been no change in the top four Cabinet
posts of Home, Finance, Defence and External Affairs,
ministries like Law, Rural Development, Corporate Affairs and
Environment have new incumbents.
The opposition was expecting big changes in the Cabinet
after it had cornered the government over the last several
months on issues like corruption, price rise and bad