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PM, Sonia meet amid talk of Cabinet reshuffle

PM, Sonia meet amid talk of Cabinet reshuffle
PTI
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First Published: Sat, Jul 09 2011. 03 32 PM IST
Updated: Sat, Jul 09 2011. 03 32 PM IST
New Delhi/Chennai: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh giving further momentum to the talk of an imminent Cabinet reshuffle possible early next week.
The meeting this morning comes in the aftermath of resignation of textiles minister Dayanidhi Maran and the offer of resignation by corporate affairs minister Murli Deora, apparently lending a sense of urgency to the long speculated exercise of restructuring of the Union Council of Ministers.
Singh-Gandhi meeting also came even as senior party leader Pranab Mukherjee met DMK chief Karunanidhi in Chennai and discussed the current political situation.
It was not clear whether the DMK would be sending replacements for Maran and former telecom minister A Raja, who both had to quit on the 2G issue. Reports had it that the DMK may not be keen on such replacements immediately.
Mukherjee merely said, “There is a lot of speculation whether the alliance between Congress and DMK is continuing or not.”
“My respectful submission is this alliance is there, the alliance will continue and it will be strengthened.”
There has been speculation for a long time about the cabinet expansion and reshuffle as the Prime Minister himself had spoken about a “more expansive exercise” after he undertook a rejig of the Cabinet in January.
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First Published: Sat, Jul 09 2011. 03 32 PM IST