Cabinet reshuffle a "face-saving exercise": Badal



Bathinda: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday termed Sunday’s Union Cabinet reshuffle as a "face-saving exercise" saying inducting new faces and giving a fresh look to the government is "not going to help Congress".

"It will hardly make any difference as the writing is on the wall that Congress would be routed out from the political map of the county in the next Lok Sabha elections," Badal told reporters here on the sidelines of a function.

The Chief Minister claimed countrymen were "fed up with the anti-people" policies of UPA government and were eagerly waiting for the general elections, slated to be held in year 2014, to show them the door.

"The result of a number of state assembly elections and by-polls for the Lok Sabha in which Congress candidates have been trounced very badly has made it clear that due to its anti-people policies, the graph of UPA government is declining across the country.

"The attempt of Congress leadership to give a fresh look to its government by inducting new faces in Cabinet would hardly make any difference," he said.

Badal said it would be a "futile exercise" to induct new faces in the Cabinet "as the countrymen were well aware of such tantrums of Congress party and they would hardly fall prey to them."

PTI