New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that the new Union cabinet was a mix of experience and youth.
Singh made the statement while interacting with media persons after expansion of council of ministers.
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On the non-inclusion of veteran Congress leaders Arjun Singh and Shivraj Patil, Singh said were other avenues to use expertise of senior leaders who did not find place in the council of ministers.
Rejecting suggestions that Uttar Pradesh has been given inadequate representation in the Cabinet, Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi said factors like talent have played a crucial role in deciding on the composition of council of ministers.
“There are several factors like availability of talent and other considerations that played the role,” he told reporters when asked why Uttar Pradesh, where the party improved its tally from 9 to 21 seats, was not adequately represented in the Cabinet.
The Cabinet has no one from Uttar Pradesh from where five MPs have found place as ministers of state.
When Gandhi was asked about inadequate representation to Uttar Pradesh in council of ministers, she pointed towards Rahul Gandhi and said, “Here is the reason. He is refusing to become a minister. He wants to work for the party.”