BJP wants Manmohan Singh to relinquish office to improve Government image

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 08:58 hrs

New Delhi: Holding Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh responsible for the bad image of the Congress-led UPA government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Thursday said the image of the Union Cabinet can improve if the reshuffle happens in the position of Prime Minister.

"The image of the party can improve if the reshuffle happens in the position of Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has not used his position for the public service. It is imperative if Government wants to change his image then it should begin with the office of Prime Minister," Punj said.

"Because the root cause of all the scandals which is happening almost every month is from the Prime Minister's office itself," he added.

The Union Cabinet is likely to be reshuffled on October 28.

Speculation has been rife about a possible reshuffle in the wake of the exit of Trinamool Congress ministers and DMK representatives A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran in the last two years.

Reports of an imminent reshuffle gained fresh momentum after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi met President Pranab Mukherjee separately recently.

Rumors abound that some young faces could be included in the Cabinet.

The names of Manicka Tagore and Meenakshi Natarajan are doing the rounds.

Among the young ministers, Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Jitin Prasada may get promoted to Cabinet rank or get independent charge as Ministers of State.

The latest reshuffle exercise could see some of the ministers holding charges of two ministries losing one of the portfolios.

With six ministers from the Trinamool Congress leaving, two or three Congress leaders from West Bengal are expected to be accommodated.

The names of Deepa Dashmunshi, Adhir Choudhury and West Bengal PCC chief Pradeep Bhatacharjee are doing the rounds.

According to television reports, the reshuffle could also involve some ministers caught in controversies like coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal. Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay may also be dropped. The NCP has already said it will replace its minister Agatha Sangma. She is likely to be replaced with senior leader Tariq Anwar. (ANI)

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