New HM Shinde rewarded for his loyalty to Sonia Gandhi?

New HM Shinde rewarded for his loyalty to Sonia Gandhi?

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Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 10:47 [IST]

Sushil Kumar Shinde
New Delhi, Aug 1: Sushil Kumar Shinde, who was heading Power Ministry till Tuesday, Jul 31 became the Union Home Minister of India. The announcement came on a day when more than 20 states witnessed complete blackout and more than 60 crore people were affected over the "world's worst-ever power collapse".

However, Shinde's elevation to the Home Ministry brought several stern criticism for UPA government as opposition parties have already claimed that he was rewarded for his loyalty towards Sonia Gandhi and family.

Many questioned the government regarding Shinde's promotion when the person seems to have failed to fulfill his duty as the Power Minister. The incident of Tuesday's power grid failure happened less than 24 hours after supplies from the Northern Grid was restored after an outage on early Monday morning that affected over 30 crore (300 million).

According to sources, Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh too was not pleased with Shinde as the former had written a letter to the latter in 2011 saying that he (Shinde) was not doing enough to improve the country's power situation.

Amid such reports, UPA's decision to declare Shinde's name as the successor of P Chidambaram maligned the central government's name. Earlier on Tuesday, Chidambaram was made the Finance Minister while Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily got additional charge of Power Ministry.

The Cabinet reshuffle was facilitated after Pranab Mukherjee moved out to become the President of India leaving the post of Union Finance Minister vacant.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Wednesday, August 01, 2012, 08:48 [IST]
Topics: sushil kumar shinde sonia gandhi rahul gandhi congress upa power electricity