Cabinet expansion to happen on Thrusday, May 28

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Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi, May 26: The Manmohan Singh Cabinet is likely see its first expansion on Thursday, May 28 after it was put off on Tuesday, May 26 due to disagreement over cabinet berths and key portfolios.

Media Reports state that the second swearing in was called off after the leaders started fighting over cabinet berths. Sources say that Congress too is undecided on allocating portfolios to some of its own leaders like Kamal Nath, Kapil Sibal and H R Bhardwaj.

Apart from this the new UPA government is facing pressure from allies like Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress for more cabinet seats.

On Monday, May 25 Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the reelected Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met to hold talks on cabinet expansion and key portfolios. It was this four-hour-long meeting that was also graced by Pranab Mukherjee that is believed to have brought this new development in the process of cabinet formation.

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