Sibal getting Telecom portfolio "stop-gap" measure: DMK

Last Updated: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 19:00

New Delhi: DMK on Monday said party chief M Karunanidhi has not yet decided on a successor to A Raja, who resigned as Telecom Minister, and suggested that HRD Minister Kapil Sibal getting the portfolio as additional charge was a "stop-gap arrangement".
Senior party leader and former Union Minister T R Baalu,
who was reportedly in the race to fill the slot of Telecom
Minister, said it is the "prerogative of the Prime Minister to
allot a vacant portfolio" to any of his cabinet colleagues.

"No one has any say on the issue except the Prime
Minister. As such, our leader (M Karunanidhi) has not given
any name to succeed Raja to the Prime Minister," he told PTI
here.

"It is 100 per cent the prerogative of the Prime Minister
to allot vacant portfolios. DMK has three cabinet slots in the
UPA government and with the exit of Raja, one slot is vacant,"
he said.
The DMK leader suggested that Sibal getting the Telecom
portfolio as additional charge was a "stop-gap arrangement".

"Our leader will take a decision on the successor after
consultations with senior party leaders and then convey the
name to the Prime Minister," he said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 19:00

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