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Kerala: Cabinet reshuffle post-polls on the cards?


Kerala: Cabinet reshuffle post-polls on the cards?
Trivandrum, March 21: A cabinet reshuffle is likely after the Lok Sabha polls scheduled on April 10 in Kerala, announced chief minister Oommen Chandy.

Chandy, on Thurday, said that a cabinet reshuffle would take place post-polls after getting the approval of the party high command.

The recent entrant to United Democratic Front, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP, might demand seats, which may create new trouble for the Congress-led Front. The RSP has two MLAs in state assembly.

It is speculated that the Kerala Congress (B) chairman R. Balakrishna Pillai might demand a cabinet berth for his son and former minister for sports and film KB Ganesh Kumar.

"Chandy said that he would consider our demand for cabinet berth after the polls. We are waiting," said Pillai.

Ganesh Kumar had to step down from cabinet after his wife Yamini Thankachy complained to Oommen Chandy that she was physically tortured by the minister. Ganesh was also alleged to be having an illicit relationship with solar scam accused Saritha S Nair.

The reshuffle might have repercussions within the Front as inducting new ministers into the cabinet will require the removal of a few ministers.

India Today learnt that the portfolios of some allegedly "incompetent" ministers of Muslim League, an ally of the ruling front, would also be changed after the polls.

There is a growing demand within the Muslim League that minister for education P.K. Abdu Rabb should be replaced by M.P. Abdussamad Samadani, Kottakkal MLA. But the League leadership may not accept that proposal as they prefer N. Shamsudheen, MLA from Mannarkad, to Samadani if they go for a replacement.

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