Jump­ing the gun has not paid off

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE -

D Pu­ran­deswari, min­is­ter of state for HRD till Sun­day’s reshuf­fle, made what po­lit­i­cal ob­servers say is a car­di­nal mis­take in pol­i­tics — an­nounc­ing a pro­mo­tion be­fore it is of­fi­cially sealed. On Satur­day, Tel­ugu tele­vi­sion chan­nels re­ported that Pu­ran­deswari had an­nounced that she had re­ceived a call from the prime min­is­ter in­form­ing her that she would be “pro­moted.” On Sun­day, she was just moved to the com­merce min­istry again as an MoS. One of the bright­est young min­is­ters in the UPA, she did not re­ceive much work ei­ther un­der Ar­jun Singh in UPA 1 or un­der Kapil Sibal since 2009, and has been eye­ing a Cab­i­net post for a while. But the daugh­ter of leg­endary ac­tor NT Rama Rao may have lost out be­cause she couldn’t keep her ex­cite­ment in check. She cer­tainly spoke too soon here.

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