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.