Brushing aside media reports of an imminent cabinet revamp, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Wednesday made it clear that his scheduled visit to Delhi tomorrow was not to discuss cabinet rejig with party leaders.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today scotched speculation that a reshuffle of his cabinet was imminent holding that no discussion on the matter had been held in the Congress or with the UDF partners.
Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hinted that that he might voluntarily relinquish his present portfolio to give way to new face after the Lok Sabha polls in a planned reshuffle of the ministerial berths.
The New Year began with fresh trouble within the ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh following change in portfolio of a minister from Telangana, triggering strong protests from his cabinet colleagues from the region.
Days after pulling up "non-performing" ministers, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday took away the cream industries and commerce portfolios from Partha Chatterjee - considered the number two in the cabinet so far - and handed it to Finance Minister and former corporate lobbyist Amit Mitra.
Ajay Maken suddenly resigned on Saturday night as Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, setting the ball rolling for an organisational rejig in the Congress party and a reshuffle in the Union Cabinet which is likely to take place next Tuesday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s indication of a Cabinet reshuffle has ensued an intense lobbying within the Congress party with leaders vying to seek ministerial berths in the last year of the UPA government.
Setting at rest speculation of an impending cabinet reshuffle of the UDF ministry which entered its third year in office, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday made it clear such an exercise was not in the agenda.