Cabinet reshuffle: Anna steals credit from Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi, Oct 29: Gandhian crusader Anna Hazare hogged the limelight with his latest statement that 'I have taken wickets of six cabinet ministers', trying to establish his role behind cabinet reshuffle. Hence, it can be said that Anna has tried to share credit with Rahul Gandhi.

Despite Rahul's decision of not joining the cabinet immediately, sources informed that the young Gandhi family scion had played a major role in UPA cabinet reshuffle which was held on Sunday, Oct 28.

Anna on Monday claimed that six ministers were forced to resign from UPA cabinet following the tremendous protest by his team.

Anna, who sought to take credit for the major cabinet reshuffle, was quoted as saying, "There is no blot on my character; hence, I could fight with the goons so far... look, I have taken wickets of six cabinet ministers."

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik and Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay resigned ahead of Sunday's reshuffle. Incumbent minister of state for rural development of the Nationalist Congress Party Agatha Sangma and MoS for Water Resources and Minority Affairs Vincent H Pala were also among those who resigned from their respective posts.

Sunday's reshuffle saw inductions of several young leaders in the cabinet. Despite criticism from several critics, many believe that prime minister Manmohan Singh can revamp with the new young team.

Telugu megastar-turned-politician Chiranjeevi, who has been inducted in the cabinet as Minister of States (Tourism), said, "I am very happy and will try to give my best."

Speaking on young leaders such as Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Chiranjeevi asserted, "The inclusion of the young blood in the Manmohan Cabinet would definitely help the government win again in 2014."

Along with Pilot and Scindia, many other young leaders including Manish Tewari, Jitendra Singh and Bharatsinh Solanki have been assigned independent charge of ministries while former Sports Minister Ajay Maken has been promoted to Cabinet rank. It is believed that Rahul Gandhi made their path smooth. [See the new young look of Manmohan Singh's team]

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