India’s Singh Begins New Term; Rahul Gandhi Left Out

May 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment




May 22. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began a second term, taking the oath of office along with his new cabinet, with no spot for Rahul Gandhi who helped push the Congress party to its biggest poll victory in two decades.

Pranab Mukherjee, Palaniappan Chidambaram, Kamal Nath and Murli Deora return as ministers, with portfolios to be announced in two to three days, Press Trust of India reported. Singh said Gandhi, 38, hasn’t agreed to join the government yet and that he hoped to persuade him to do so in time for a second round of appointments next week, PTI said.

Congress, headed by Sonia Gandhi, was unable to agree a complete tally of ministers before the oath-taking ceremony due to a dispute with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the ruling coalition’s third-largest party. Singh said he hoped the DMK would take its place in the government, PTI reported.



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