Raju's close aides are uncertain over his presence at the meeting of the CABE - the highest decision making body on education in the country.

Raju has refused to join office ever since he resigned from the Union Council of Ministers and had also skipped the meeting of the Union Cabinet on Monday.

On Monday, Raju along with four other ministers from the Seemandhra region had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to accept their resignations.

The CABE meeting, chaired by the HRD Minister, is attended by state Education Ministers, academicians and other experts. The meeting is expected to deliberate on a crucial report on national mission on teachers and teaching and an update on the mid-day meal programme.

Sources said that Raju's absence could hamper the meeting from arriving at any concrete proposals on these issues. Officials in the Ministry, however, did not rule out the possibility of one of the ministers of states -- Jitin Prasada or Shashi Tharoor -- chairing the meeting.

(Agencies)

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