MS Gill skips first Cabinet meet after reshuffle

M S Gill, who has been shifted from Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry to Statistics and Programme Implementation Ministry, on Thursday did not attend the Union Cabinet meeting.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 22:54 PM IST

New Delhi: M S Gill, who has been shifted
from Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry to Statistics and
Programme Implementation Ministry, on Thursday did not attend the
Union Cabinet meeting amidst indications that he is sulking
over being given a lesser important portfolio.

No reason was given for his absence from the first
meeting of the Cabinet after yesterday`s reshuffle, sources
said.
Gill could not be reached for his comment on the absence
after it came to light.

However, earlier, he made clear his sulk through some
cryptic remarks on being shifted.

"I have forgotten that time (as a sports minister)...God
has screwed my head in such a way that I can`t look back and
look forward," Gill said when asked how he looked back at his
previous tenure.

Asked whether he was happy at the new portfolio being
given to him, the former Chief Election Commissioner remarked,
"I don`t look at any moves to study how and why or what
has been done. I am not interested in all that."
Gill, who was shifted out of the Sports Ministry against
the backdrop of attack on him over the mess in Commonwealth
Games preparations, said, "It`s a new day for me and I am
looking forward to that."

He has been replaced by Ajay Maken, former Minister of
State for Home Affairs, who was elevated as MoS with
Independent charge.

PTI