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Expansive cabinet reshuffle after budget session: Dr Singh

January 19, 2011 19:45 IST
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Wednesday kept the hopes alive of many a ministerial aspirants by promising a "more expansive" exercise after the budget session of Parliament which concludes in May.

"This is a minor reshuffle and after Budget session of Parliament, we will do a more expansive exercise," Singh told mediapesrons after the first expansion of his ministry. His remarks came to a query as to what was his message after the induction of six ministers in his one-and-a-half year old government.

In the exercise, Singh did not drop any of the ministers but changed portfolios of several of them in order to give a fresh look to his government facing a series of scams. There have been ministerial hopefuls from almost every state and inspite of Wednesday's exercise, three states -- Chhattisgarh, Goa and Manipur -- have still no representation in the union council of ministers.

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