Chennai: In a minor reshuffle of the cabinet and party ranks, Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa today dropped C Ve Shanmugam from the Ministry and stripped him off a key party post.

Shanmugam, who was part of earlier cabinet reshuffles also was dropped as Commercial Taxes and Registration Minister by Governor K Rosaiah on the advice of Jayalalithaa, a Raj Bhavan communique said. Government Chief Whip and Sankarapuram MLA, P Mohan was inducted into the cabinet as Minister for Rural Industries, including Cottage and Small Industries, hitherto held by M C Sampath.

Environment Minister B V Ramanaa has been designated as Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration. Sampath is the Environment Minister. School Education Minister N R Sivapathy will additionally hold the portfolio of Law, Courts and Prisons, Personnel and Administrative Reforms and Prevention of Corruption.

Social Welfare Minister B Valarmathi has been handed additional charge of Nutritious Noon Meal Programme, it said. Meanwhile, Jayalalithaa removed Shanmugam as District Secretary of the party's Villupuram (North) unit, replacing him with Dr R Lakshmanan.

Two more secretaries, G Senthamizhan, South Chennai (South), and P Vetrivel North Chennai), both MLAs, were also removed from their respective posts, Jayalalithaa said in a party statement.


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