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Cabinet reshuffle underway: PM

Confirming that a reshuffle of his Cabinet was underway, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, however, declined on Wednesday to give any indication of the magnitude of the exercise or its timing.



New Delhi: Confirming that a reshuffle of
his Cabinet was underway, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,
however, declined on Wednesday to give any indication of the
magnitude of the exercise or its timing.
"It is work in progress," he said at an interaction
with a group of editors when asked about widespread
speculation that the Cabinet would be reshuffled early next
month.

He refused to say whether it would be a major or a
minor exercise. Nor did he say when the reshuffle would take
place, saying "I cannot predict".

There has been persistent media speculation that there
would be a rejig of the Union Council of Ministers before
Parliament meets from August one.

A number of ministers are having duel portfolios,
Railways is without a Cabinet minister following Mamata
Banerjee taking over as West Bengal Chief Minister. It is also
being speculated that Dayanidhi Maran, Textiles Minister who
finds himself at the centre of a 2G controversy, may be
dropped.
PTI

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