New Delhi: Senior Congress leaders like party chief’s political advisor Ahmed Patel, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Road Transport Minister CP Joshi visited 10, Janpath to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday ahead of forthcoming Cabinet reshuffle which is likely to take place by the end of this month.

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Congress chief is slated to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later today to give a final shape to the proposed reshuffle in the government in the aftermath of the exit of TMC. The reshuffle is also likely to witness the removal of some of the union ministers who have been charged of allowing irregularities in allocation of coal blocks.  

Unlike earlier speculations of much hyped entry of Congress scion Rahul Gandhi in the Cabinet, now it is said that Rahul will not join the government, though, his trusted lieutenants like Meenakhshi Natarajan and Manik Tagore are most likely to be inducted during reshuffle.

Six vacancies have been created in the Cabinet after the exit of TMC ministers from the government. Following this, some Congress leaders from West Bengal are likely to get entry in the Union Cabinet. It is also believed that the DMK could once again be given its due which the Dravida party has been devoid of since the exit of A Raja from the Ministry of Telecom and Dayanidhi Maran from Ministry of Textile following charges of corruption against them.

After the resignation of A Raja from the Ministry of Telecom, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has been holding the additional charge of the ministry. The sources say that Congress leadership is of the view not to hand over the charge of the ministry to any of the alliance partner.

JPN/Bureau

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