Will PM, Sonia compel Chidambaram to leave home ministry?

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P Chidambaram
New Delhi, Jun 28: P Chidambaram, who was appointed as the Union Home Minister after much discussions and controversies, may be shifted to defence ministry. Union cabinet reshuffle is on the cards and sources hinted that Chidambaram may have to face a change in his current portfolio.

Soon after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, UPA government came under a nation-wide pressure to remove the then home minister Shivraj V Patil. 66-year-old Chidambaram, who was the then finance minister, was named as the home ministry.

While Chidambaram is likely to get defence portfolio, Union External Minister SM Krishna can be removed from his position. There are also reports of Jyotiraditya Scindia and Raj Babbar making an entry into the Cabinet. With limitations of coalition politics influencing the allotment of ministries, BK Handique, MS Gill, Kanti Lal Bhuria, Sushil Kumar Shinde and Murli Deora are likely to be removed as ministers.

Citing several reports from UPA sources, it seems that the government this time is more keen to appoint more young faces in the cabinet. With the UPA hoping to have an image makeover with the Cabinet rejig, how much they stoop to the demands of the coalitions remain to be seen.

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