Team Rahul gets plum posts in Cabinet reshuffle

first_imgPrime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday gave his Cabinet a long overdue facelift bringing in some young and new faces, marked by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s influence.The big message that PM Manmohan Singh wanted to send across through Sunday’s massive rejig was that the reshuffle bears the firm imprint of Rahul Gandhi. Though Rahul might not have entered the govt but each of the decision has his signature. Manish Tewari and Jyotiraditya Scindia during the swearing-in ceremony of the new ministers.The new Cabinet has several of the members of Team Rahul, including Manish Tewari, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot who got plum postings.Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot were elevated to ministers of state with independent charge for power and corporate affairs respectively, so was Jitendra Singh who got youth affairs and sports as an independent charge instead of being a junior home minister .Manish Tewari, the articulate party spokesperson, has now been given independent charge of the information and broadcasting ministry as a minister of state. The ministry was earlier held by a Cabinet minister in Ambika Soni.Sachin Pilot has been given the independent charge of the Corporate Affairs Ministry.But the notable youthful MPs who missed the bus this time, though being named by sections of the media to get the call to join the government, were Meenakshi Natarajan from Madhya Pradesh, Manicka Tagore from Tamil Nadu, and Pradip Kumar Majhi from Odisha.Others who did not get a call for elevation to the cabinet included Jitin Prasada, whose portfolio as minister of state was changed from road transport and highways to defence and human resources development.Milind Deora, who is a minister of state for communications and information technology, found his position unchanged.Another minister of state, D. Purandeswari, had her ministry changed from human resources development to commerce and industry and R.P.N. Singh moved from petroleum and natural gas to the home ministry.– With IANS inputsadvertisementlast_img read more