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Sunday October 28, 2012 03:00:32 PM, & Agencies

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New Delhi: Former Rajya Sabha Dy Speaker and one of the important Karnataka leader, K. Rahman Khan, has been inducted in Dr Manmohan Singh's cabinet Sunday as Union Minister for Minority Affairs whereas Salman Khurshid, who was earlier incharge of the minority ministry, has replaced SM Krsihna as Minister of External Affairs.


Salman Khurshid was also holding the law ministry but the ministry has now been given to Ashwani Kumar.


There has been discomfort about the way Salman Khurshid was handling the minority ministry and hectic lobbying was on since more than a year to replace him by K Rahman Khan.


K Rahman Khan, besides serving as Dy Speaker of Rajya Sabha, also presided over the parliamentary committee formed to look into Waqf Reforms. His induction into the Union Cabinet is also linked to upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka where Muslims are angry with the Congress party due to its disturbing policies towards the community.


The other changes in portfolios of existing ministers and portfolios of new ministers following Sunday's cabinet reshuffle are: M. Veerappa Moily - petroleum, Dinsha Patel - mines, Ajay Maken - housing and poverty alleviation, M.M. Pallam Raju - human resource development, Harish Rawat - water resources, Chandresh Kumari Katoch - culture.

The portfolios of the Ministers of State (Independent Charge) are Jyotiraditya Scindia - power, Manish Tewari - information and broadcasting, K. Chiranjeevi - tourism and Sachin Pilot - corporate affairs.


After the cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the new cabinet is a combination of youth and experience and hoped it would be the last one before the next general election scheduled in 2014.

"It is a combination of youth and experience," Manmohan Singh told reporters after the swearing ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

When asked about ministers who quit giving way for others, the prime minister said: "The party needs men and women of experience to strengthen it. They will be equally productive in the party."

On his priorities in the next few months, Manmohan Singh said: "The road ahead is full of challenges."

The prime minister was hopeful that this was the last reshuffle before the 2014 general elections.

He ruled out early election saying they will be held in due course of time.




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