Sunday, 28 October 2012

Cabinet reshuffle: Salman Khurshid is new external affairs minister

Cabinet reshuffle: Salman Khurshid is new external affairs minister
Clean Media Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Oct 28 (CMC) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday appointed Salman Khurshid as his new foreign minister. Khurshid, 59, replaces SM Krishna as the top diplomat and his post as a law minister goes to Ashwani Kumar, a spokesman said.

MM Pallam Raju is to be made the next HRD minister, while Shashi Tharoor is likely to be made junior minister with the portfolio.

First timer Manish Tewari moves from being a spokesperson of the Congress Party to minister of state for information and broadcasting, while Deepa Dasmunshi from West Bengal will be minister of state for culture.

K Rehman Khan is to be made the cabinet minister for minority affairs.

M Veerappa Moily will the country's new petroleum minister. Kapil Sibal will continue to be the telecom and it minister. 

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar will be the new minister of state for agriculture. 

Pawan Kumar Bansal will get railways, but loses parliamentary affairs to Kamal Nath, who will alos keep urban development. 

Within the government, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and R P N Singh will be assigned new roles. 

Scindia is likely to get independent charge of power, Pilot will have independent charge of corporate affairs and Singh moves as minister of state for home. None of them have been given cabinet rank, as was being speculated. All of them are second generation Congress leaders. 

Uttarakhand veteran Harish Rawat will be the new water resources minister. 

Dinsha Patel, from Gujarat, will be the cabinet minister for mines. 

Chandrashwari Katoch, who is from Rajasthan, is new culture minister. 

Ajay Maken is new housing and urban poverty alleviation minister.

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