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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to undertake major reshuffle..

[b]Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to undertake major reshuffle of his cabinet[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]New Delhi, 28 November, (Asian [/b]A week after he effected a mini-reshuffle' involving just four ministers – of water resources, Information, Youth and Urban Development, Delhi political circles are alive with the possibility of a major reshuffle of his cabinet by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The expectation is that he would like to shift P Chidambaram from Finance to Home to make the best use of the latter's legal acumen and administrative ability. Shiv Raj Patil, who has not made a mark as the Home Minister despite the support he is known to enjoy of the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is being tipped for Defence. He is not new to defence, having been a minister for defence production in the eighties under Rajiv Gandhi.

But these two changes along with his plans to fill up the vacancy caused by the exit of Natwar Singh from Foreign Office depend very much on Manmohan Singh's success in having his way in inducting a noted economist C. Rangarajan as the finance minister.

,br> Rangarajan is a former governor of the reserve bank and was the constitutional head of Andhra Pradesh in the past six-years. But he is not a politician and is not a Member of Parliament either.

In these days of coalition government, Finance Ministry needs a senior politician, more so since the Congress led alliance is dependent on the Left parties for survival.

,br> Chidambaram has been running into troubles with the Left on issues like opening the retail market to FDI despite the fact he enjoys excellent personal rapport with the Left leaders.

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