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Younger MPs will have to wait: Sonia
January 29, 2006 20:23 IST
United Progressive Alliance chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday said the younger lot of members of Parliament have to "wait a little more" and work for the party before they will be inducted into the Cabinet.
When her attention was drawn to the fact that young MPs like Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Milind Deora and Naveen Jindal were not considered in the expansion of the Union Council of Ministers, she said, "Everyone cannot be made ministers. After all, they have been elected to Parliament very recently and they should gain some more experience by working in the party."
Sonia was speaking to reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan after a ceremony in which some 22 ministers were sworn in by President A P J Abdul Kalam.
She said some senior MPs have been made ministers only after they had worked for the party for several years. Giving examples of Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma and Ajay Maken, she said they had all been Youth Congress presidents. They all spent a considerable time in the party and now only they have been made ministers. Their experience has been taken into account in making them ministers, she said.
Sonia hinted that there would be some minor readjustments in the organisational set up of the party to fill the vacancies due to some office bearers being shifted to the Union Cabinet.
Asked when these changes will take place, she said, "It will be done very soon."
On why Andhra Pradesh was given so much representation, she justified it by saying that the state has returned maximum number of MPs to the Lok Sabha.