Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Saturday dismissed talk of him quitting the Cabinet to join the Congress election strategy team for the Lok Sabha polls due next year, like he did in 2009,saying he is not aware of any such plan as of now.
Sources further claimed that any such move of moving Cabinet ministers to the Congress war room would probably materialise only towards the end of the year,closer to the elections. In fact,the indications were that the party is now only focused on the assembly elections,particularly in Karnataka. When pressed further,Ramesh said,Que sera sera.
It may be recalled that some Cabinet ministers,including Ramesh,have been keen to help out the party in drawing up its electoral game-plan from outside the government but informed sources have told The Sunday Express that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has not taken a call on any such move.
In the last Cabinet reshuffle in October last year,then I&B minister Ambika Soni was the only minister to be moved out of the Cabinet into the party despite claims of a larger exodus. The speculation around Ramesh has been growing because in February 2009,months before the general elections,he had quit as minister to be a part of the Congress campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Ramesh was then minister of state for commerce and power. He was also part of the election strategy team of the Congress in 2004.