New Delhi, Oct. 27: The exercise for affecting a reshuffle of the Union Cabinet, probably the last for the UPA-II regime before the 2014 general elections, appears to be on in full swing.
Speculation is rife that Commerce Minister and Sonia Gandhi loyalist Anand Sharma will move to the Ministry of External Affairs in place of the just resigned S.M.Krishna, while Daggubati Purandeswari from Andhra Pradesh will be made the country's next Commerce Minister.
Purandeswari, the daughter of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N.T. Rama Rao, is currently the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development. Sunday's proposed revamp of the Cabinet may also see Dinshaw Patel, who represents Gujarat's Kheda constituency, being upgraded from Minister of State to full Cabinet rank.
Purandeswari, who has been a Lok Sabha MP since 2004, said she was happy to hear the news, and would like to thank Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi for giving her a new opportunity and honor.