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I am a reformist; happy with new charge: Moily

July 13, 2011 12:40 IST
A day after blaming "vested interests" for his shifting from the Law Ministry, new Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said he is "very happy" with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi for entrusting him with the new job.

"I am very happy with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. If they have given me this charge they might have had something in mind. They know that I am a reformist and wherever I go, I have a reform agenda," Moily told reporters after assuming charge, playing down his earlier remarks.

On Tuesday, just hours after the Cabinet reshuffle, an apparently peeved Moily had suggested "campaign by the vested interests" behind his change in the portfolio. Moily had also said that he could not be "hanged" for the "sins" of other ministries.

"Yesterday was yesterday. Today I am here, in this Ministry and I look forward to future," Moily said.

Asked what would be his utmost priority as the new MCA Minister, Moily said it would be to pass the pending Companies Bill 2009.

"In the monsoon session. That will be the topmost agenda. Even as the Law Minister I had studied the Bill and it is one of the best Bills. We will meet the monsoon session deadline and we will make sure that it comes up before the Cabinet immediately," he said.

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