New Delhi: It would not be hyperbolic to say that rewarding a non-performer and tainted minister has been a culture in the UPA government recently. It is recalled when most parts of the country were witnessing unprecedented electricity failure in July this year, then Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was not only rewarded with an important cabinet portfolio, the Ministry of Home Affairs, rather he was also appointed as the leader of Lok Sabha.

Cabinet reshuffle likely on Sunday

Now it is tainted Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who is under fire after reports of bungling of Rs 71 lakh government funds in a trust run by him, is likely to be appointed as the next Foreign Minister of the country, according to the sources. Notably, the Ministry of External Affairs (Foreign Ministry) is one of the top four ministries of the union government.

Reliable sources in the government have said that changes in the Union Council of Ministers may take place on coming Sunday to fill the vacancies created after resignation of six TMC ministers.

Early this month, India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal and TV Today group’s Operation Dhritrashtra had alleged bungling in expenditure of Rs. 71.50 lakh funds the Union Social Welfare and Empowerment Ministry had granted to the Khurshids' NGO for distributing tricycles and hearing aids to the disabled in 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

On October 14, Khurshid held a press conference in New Delhi to produce pictures and documents to prove that the camps for the disabled were held and rebutted allegations of forgery and embezzlement of funds against the NGO with which he and his wife are associated. Though, further questions were raised over the authenticity of the proofs furnished by the ministers.

Further, Khurshid landed into another controversy by daring Kejriwal to protest in his constituency Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh and suggesting it would be hard to return from there, which was seen as a murder threat by the activist.


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