New Delhi: Corporate India on Saturday wished a Cabinet berth for Rahul Gandhi saying age should not be a factor, thus supporting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s views on Gandhi scion.
Though not clear as to what role should Rahul play in the next Cabinet, the corporate honchos rooted for Montek Singh Ahluwalia as the finance minister.
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Capital market expert Prithvi Haldea said that the finance ministry should go to Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chidambaram should continue as the home minister. Real estate leader DLF clearly favoured Montek to take charge at the North Block.
However, the views are split when it came to sectoral representatives with most of the players giving their wishlist without wanting to be named.
A large corporate house wanted Murli Deora to be back as the petroleum minister, or to be replaced by his son Milind. Kamal Nath also found favour for a second term as the Commerce and Industry Minister, although a section felt that Jairam Ramesh could be given the charge.
For telecom ministry, CDMA operators favoured DMK leader A Raja to continue, while GSM lobby wanted the Congress to keep this portfolio with itself, so that it can go ahead with reform process without any hindrances.