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Ghatowar likely to replace Pala in Union Cabinet
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAY 20:
Published on 21 May. 2011 12:28 AM IST
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Will Union Minister of State for Water Resources Vincent Pala face the axe of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the next round of Cabinet reshuffle?
If sources in the Congress party are to be believed, veteran Congress leader Paban Singh Ghatowar who is the Lok Sabha member from Dibrugarh parliamentary constituency from Assam is likely to replace Pala in the UPA-II Cabinet.
There are indications that Assam may get an additional ministerial berth in the Union Cabinet after Congress’ landslide victory in the just concluded assembly polls. The Congress won 76 of the 126 assembly seats.
Other contenders for the ministerial berth in the UPA-II Cabinet include two former Chief Ministers - Mukut Mithi (Arunachal Pradesh) and Rishang Keishing (Manipur) –who are members in the Rajya Sabha.
Many of the senior Congress leaders from the region, especially from Assam are lobbying hard for a ministerial berth in the Cabinet and even questioned the logic behind induction of Pala in the Union Cabinet especially since Meghalaya has only two MPs.
The Congress which has seven MPs out of 14 seats in Assam, got only one ministerial berth represented by Congress MP from Jorhat Bijoy Krishna Handique as DoNER minister.
Meghalaya with two Lok Sabha MPs, secured cent per cent ministerial berth, being represented by Pala (Minister of State (MoS) Water Resources and Minorities) and Nationalist Congress Party MP from Tura constituency Agatha K Sangma (MoS Rural Development).

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