Re­jig on cards, Rahul to stay out of cab­i­net

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: In the up­com­ing cab­i­net reshuf­fle, pos­si­bly the last one be­fore the next gen­eral elec­tion, pro­tégés of Congress gen­eral sec­re­tary Rahul Gandhi are hope­ful of find­ing berths.

Gandhi, how­ever, is un­likely to join the cab­i­net. Congress sources on Thurs­day dis­missed re­ports of him join­ing the cab­i­net as imag­i­nary. The reshuf­fle is likely on Sun­day.

Keen to in­fuse more young blood into Man­mo­han Singh’s min­is­te­rial team, Congress may opt to give party MPs such as Meenakshi Natara­jan, Man­icka Tagore and Pradip Ma­jhi min­is­ter of state ranks. Natara­jan, a Lok Sabha MP from Mad­hya Pradesh’s Mand­saur, is one of the sec­re­taries in­volved with Gandhi’s or­gan­i­sa­tional works.

Pradip Ma­jhi, rep­re­sent­ing Odisha's Nabarang­pur, is seen as a strong leader in a Maoist strong­hold. Manish Te­wari, Lok Sabha mem­ber from Lud­hi­ana, may also be given a key MoS berth.

CP Joshi is likely to re­tain the rail­way min­istry and Thiruvananthapuram MP

PRO­TÉGÉS OF CONGRESS GEN­ERAL SEC­RE­TARY RAHUL GANDHI ARE HOPE­FUL OF FIND­ING BERTHS IN COUN­CIL OF MIN­IS­TERS

Shashi Tha­roor may stage a come­back af­ter be­ing dropped in 2010 fol­low­ing an IPL con­tro­versy. K Rehman Khan, for­mer deputy chair­per­son of the Ra­jya Sabha, may take over the mi­nor­ity af­fairs min­istry from Sal­man Khur­shid.

Andhra Pradesh MP Cheer­an­jivi, who had merged his Praja Ra­jyam Party with Congress ear­lier, may be re­warded with MoS berth.

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