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To infuse 'fresh air' Dikshit may rejig cabinet next week

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit is likely to reshuffle her cabinet next week, Atul Mathur reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 22, 2012 23:47 IST
Atul Mathur

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit is likely to reshuffle her cabinet next week.

"I think we need to rejig the cabinet a bit. There is need for fresh air," Dikshit told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview. "You will see some changes happening within a week or so."

While some key portfolios like urban development, education, revenue and health are likely to change hands, Dikshit may also drop one or two ministers and bring new faces in her team.

"This is something that I have yet to decide. We are nearing the elections and we have to evaluate a lot of things," Dikshit said.

The chief minister said she was busy with work related to the assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, which are due in December this year. She said she was now waiting for the green signal from central leadership to effect the changes. "I like to keep them on board on such decisions," she said.

The last rejig in Delhi council of ministers took place in December 2011 when Dikshit had taken the departments of urban development and revenue from Raj Kumar Chauhan and given it Ashok Kumar Walia. However, in Februray 2011, Dikshit dropped Mangat Ram Singhal from her cabinet and included her old loyalist Ramakant Goswami.

Government sources said Dikshit has been trying to make changes in her cabinet for quite some time now. The appointment of Mukesh Sharma, a heavyweight MLA, initially as spokesperson of the Congress legislative party early this year and then as her parliamentary secretary last week made it clear that a change in the council of ministers was now inevitable.

With Delhi assembly's monsoon session scheduled to begin from September 4, sources said the change in the cabinet has to happen now to give ministers ample time to understand their new departments and get ready to answer questions in the assembly.