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Cabinet expansion sidelights

Eyebrows were raised when three MPs sworn in as ministers on Tuesday walked up to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before taking oath.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 01:53 IST

Credible evidence for Pak, says PM: The Prime Minister was careful with his choice of  words when asked about National Security Adviser MK Narayanan’s comments that evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the July 11 Mumbai train blasts was good but “not clinching”. He said: “We have what we can call credible evidence.” On the dialogue with Islamabad, he reasoned that if the two countries were not about to go to war, they have to explore all avenues for peaceful resolution of conflict.

Breach of protocol: Eyebrows were raised when three MPs sworn in as ministers on Tuesday walked up to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before taking oath. Once the names of the ministers who are to be inducted are called out, they are expected to proceed towards the President to be administered the oath of office and secrecy. As per protocol, they must first greet the Rashtrapati.

Ask Rahul, says Sonia: “Ask Rahul”, was Sonia Gandhi’s reply to a query on whether her son’s position in the party would be formalised during the organisational changes she is planning. She has always maintained that Rahul must take the call on what he wants to do.