Ahead of the impending reshuffle of the Cabinet,UPA chief Sonia Gandhi Monday called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The meeting came a day ahead of the Congress Working Committee meeting on Tuesday.
The agenda of the CWC meeting is reported to be the current political situation,including that arising from the governments decisions on FDI in multi-brand retail,hike in diesel prices and cap on subsidised LPG the issues over which the Trinamool Congress pulled out of the UPA. Congress sources said the CWC is likely to pass a resolution backing the FDI decision.
While the Congress top brass has been holding deliberations over the issue of statehood for Telangana,sources said it is not on the agenda so far. They,however,explained that Sonias address to the CWC generally sets the agenda for discussions.
Sonias meeting with the PM also came ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle necessitated by the resignation of Trinamool Congress ministers and vacancies following the death of Vilasrao Deshmukh and resignation of Virbhadra Singh.
While Road Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi has been given charge of Railways,which was earlier held by Trinamools Mukul Roy,a full-fledged reshuffle is likely to be effected shortly given the fact that Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily also holds additional charge of Power and many other ministers continue to hold dual charges.
The reshuffle is likely to be the last one before the 2014 elections. If the PM has to revamp his team this week,he has to do it either on Tuesday or on Friday as President Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to visit Kashmir on September 26-27. If a reshuffle is not carried out on these two days,the next window would be available only after the second week of October as the interim period is believed to be inauspicious as per the Hindu calender.