It is a great embarrassment for the Central government that three ministers--Gurudas Kamat, Srikant Jena, and Veerappa Moily-- of the Congress have shown displeasure over the assigned portfolios after the Cabinet reshuffle. The dissenting voice of the Congress ministers has doused the spirit of the government’s bid to facelift its image. However, the Centre took resignation from Gurudas Kamat for skipping the swearing in ceremony, but it will not redeem the damage made to the government. It is also intriguing to find the Centre’s show leniency towards Srikant Jena who also joined the Kamat bandwagon. The simmering of ministers vividly spells out the message that leaders attach more importance to the plum portfolio than serving the nation and they do not seem to be keen on the proposition of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that leaders should think about the interests of the nation. In the Cabinet rejig, Gurudas Kamat was made Minister of State with Independent Charge of Drinking Water and Sanitation, but according to him this portfolio is of lesser importance. It is obvious that how much our leaders are ignorant of problems of aam adami. The sulking ministers must learn that portfolio division is just like division of work but the motto remains the same, serving the nation. So, ministry is not important rather ministering to common people is paramount.

Enraged at being shifted from Ministry of Law to Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Veerappa Moily now looks calm, but his statement that some vested interests were behind his transition could not be forgotten. The dissenting voices with the very beginning of new Cabinet clearly reveal that factionalism and indiscipline are gripping the Congress. Moily’s grievances could not be forgotten that he had to face the music for the wrongdoings of other ministries. It is unfair, if the Manmohan Sigh government changed the portfolio of Veerappa Moily, because he could not put forth the government’s view in the Supreme Court. The government itself is responsible for getting the dressing down from the Apex Court in the wake of 2G scam, black money issue and others. Given the bubbles of protests inside the party, it is palpable that all is not well in the Congress and its leadership.