New Delhi: A mini Cabinet reshuffle is in the offing, according to sources, after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sacked Pawan Kumar Bansal as the Railway Minister and Ashwani Kumar as the Law Minister. Telecom MinisterKapil Sibal has got additional charge of Law Ministry while CP Joshi has once again got the Railways Ministry.
A meeting of senior Congress leaders has been called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to discuss the reshuffle. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unlikely to be part of the meeting. Congress leader Ahmed Patel is expected the brief the Prime Minister later. It is likely that the reshuffle may happen next week.
Speculation is now rife over other government officials facing the axe. The fate of the Coal Ministry and PMO officials and A-G Ghoolam Vahanvati who attended the meeting with former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, where changes were made to the CBI status report on coal allocations, also hangs in the balance.
Sources say a mini Cabinet reshuffle is likely next week and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has called a meet to discuss this.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has given full credit to party President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi for taking action against the tainted ministers. "Congress President and Rahul Gandhi never tolerate corruption and that is why they took the resignation of the two ministers," Congress spokesperson Bhata Charan Das said.
The exit of the two ministers came only after Congress president Sonia Gandhi met the Prime Minister and asked for their removal.