No role for Rahul Gandhi in Manmohan Singh's cabinet: Source

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New Delhi, Sep 15: After the hullabaloos over Rahul Gandhi's "bigger role" in the UPA government, sources on Saturday, Sep 15 informed that the Gandhi family scion is unlikely to hold any important portfolio in Manmohan Singh's cabinet.

Speculations and debated over candidates and portfolios have already been started as the cabinet reshuffle is on cards. Followers of the young Congress leader might be disappointed over the news.

Earlier the general secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC) had announced that he would play more "pro-active role in the party and the government." He also said, "The decision has been taken, the timing is upto the leadership."

"The decision depends on my two bosses - the Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," said Rahul while casting his vote for Pranab Mukherjee during the presidential election.

Rahul's announcement came just a day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi's comment that "no one", not even she herself, can take any decision on behalf of him.

Sonia and Rahul's statements followed the controversial statement of Law Minister Salman Khurshid. Khurshid had earlier told The Indian Express that the ruling party was yet to get any ideological direction from Rahul Gandhi.

"Until now, we have only seen cameos of his thought and ideas like democratising elections to the Youth Congress. But he has not weaved all of this into a grand announcement. This is a period of waiting," Khurshid said in the interview.

He seemed to blame Rahul for not leading from the front. "The fact is that he is undoubtedly and unquestionably the number two leader in the party. Yet he has not taken up the mantle or accepted a functional responsibility. He is so far not willing to accept the number two position," Khurshid rued.

He also admitted that "In UPA II, governance and politics have all got intermingled. The political props have got mixed up. It is a scattered situation."

Predictably, BJP made most of Khurshid's observation that "It's not only economic reforms that have slowed down. Even political and administrative reforms have not happened because of this situation."

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