UPA cabinet reshuffle 2011 likely on Jul 10, Maran to go?

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Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi
New Delhi, Jul 6: Government sources on Wednesday, Jul 6 informed that UPA government may go for its cabinet reshuffle 2011 on Sunday, Jul 10.

Sources informed that the cabinet reshuffle will take place once Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returns from his Bangladesh visit.

Union Textile Minister, Dayanidhi Maran is also expected to be booted out in the much expected cabinet reshuffle as the investigating agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) implicated Maran in 2G spectrum scam.

Maran allegedly forced C Sivasankaran, owner of Aircel, to sell the telecom company to Maran's Malaysia-based friend T Ananda Krishnan in 2006. The reports added that Maran, during his tenure as a Communication Minister in UPA I government, issued spectrum licenses to Astro, a sister company of Maxis, soon after it purchased stake in Sun TV, which is owned by Maran's brother Kalanidhi Maran and family.

Meanwhile, several government sources informed about the possible changes in the upcoming cabinet reshuffle. While Union Home Minister P 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.

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