A little bird tells us that the mantle could come Defence Minister A.K. Antony's way. The quiet and non-controversial minister has risen in Congress president Sonia Gandhi's esteem since he was inducted into UPA-1 in 2006.
Apart from heading a crucial ministry, Antony has a wide portfolio and is now incharge of Maharashtra, chairman of the party's disciplinary action committee and also convenor of the panel formed by the party to celebrate its 125th anniversary.
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If that was not enough, Antony is a member of the Congress core group and has been involved in crucial government decisions regarding the creation of a separate Telangana state. Now the million dollar question among party insiders is if it is going to be official.
Image: Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister A. K. Antony attend the Congress Working Committee (CWC) at party headquarters in New Delhi on August 19, 2009.