New Delhi: The much awaited Union Cabinet reshuffle is likely to figure more members of Rahul Gandhi’s core team in the last rejig before the UPA goes to general election in 2014. The exercise is being seen as infusing young blood into the Manmohan Singh Cabinet.

At a time when the developed nations’ heads of the state are of below 50 years of age whether he is US President Barack Obama or British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Union Cabinet’s average age is 65 years.

Despite large number of young MPs winning general elections on Congress tickets in 2009, very few hardly managed to make it to the Union Cabinet. They were Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot, Milind Deora, RPN Singh, Pradeep Jain, Arun Yadav, Jitendra Singh, Jitin Prasada among others. Interestingly, majority of them have inherited political legacy from their fathers.

Rahul Gandhi had handpicked about 12 new faces and given them tickets in 2009 Lok Sabha poll. Out of them, 9 managed to win handsomely. Surprisingly, former Delhi in-charge of NSUI Manicka Tagore defeated veteran MDMK leader Viako on the latter’s fiefdom Virudhunagar seat.

Speculation is rife that he can be inducted in the Union Cabinet in Sunday’s reshuffle. Sources in the Congress said that Meenakshi Natrajan, the close aide of party general secretary is also likely to be given ministerial berth in the cabinet.

Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada are likely to be elevated to MoS with independent charge, while Ajay Maken may be promoted to the Cabinet rank.

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