Cabinet reshuffle tomorrow!

NEW DELHI: The much-talked about reshuffle of Union Council of Ministers will take place on Tuesday evening, sources said.

This follows a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday morning in which finishing touches were understood to have been given to the proposed changes.

This was the fourth meeting of the two leaders in recent days.

The reshuffle is expected to place at 5 pm, the sources said.

About 10 to 12 ministers including new entrants from Trinamool Congress and Congress are likely to be involved in the reshuffle.

Sources said that Trinamool Congress Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha Sudip Bandhyopadhyay may get a berth and could be inducted as minister of state.

There is also speculation that incumbent minister of state finance in-charge of revenue SS Palanimanickam may be upgraded to Cabinet rank in the wake of resignations by his DMK colleagues A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran from the Cabinet.

The talk in Trinamool Congress is that Mamata Banerjee could entrust senior leader Dinesh Trivedi with the railways portfolio she vacated after becoming West Bengal chief minister.

DMK may opt for the upgrade in view of the fact that it is said to be not in a mood to name new entrants into the government at this juncture when two of its ministers had to resign under a cloud and party chief Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi is in jail.(PTI)

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