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Opposition unimpressed with Cabinet reshuffle

PTI  New Delhi, October 28, 2012
First Published: 17:01 IST(28/10/2012) | Last Updated: 17:08 IST(28/10/2012)

The Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday left the Opposition unimpressed with the BJP saying it will not do any good to the country or to the ruling Congress and the promised infusion of young blood in the team has not been kept.

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"This reshuffle was lacklustre. It will not do any good to the country or even to the Congress party. It was expected that young blood will be given more representation in the Cabinet but this has not been done," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.

Hussain, who became a Cabinet minister at the age of 32 in the erstwhile NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said even the few young leaders who took oath of office have not been given a Cabinet berth.

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has only given the young leaders Minister of State status. The average age of the Cabinet has not come down much though it was being talked about," Hussain said.

He wondered if this has been done to keep the young leaders on par with Rahul Gandhi who has not served as a minister ever.

22 ministers took oath of office and secrecy today.

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