Former PRP chief and Congress Rajya Sabha member K. Chiranjeevi is likely to be accommodated in the Union cabinet as per the promise made to him when he merged his party, after the Presidential election, when the Prime Minister proposes reshuffle of his cabinet.
It may be mentioned that changes in the Union cabinet became necessary as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has resigned from the post after UPA picked him as Presidential candidate. Apart from the post vacated by Pranab, several portfolios are also remained vacant in the Union cabinet. As such, the Congress high command appears to be thinking of reshuffling the cabinet, with a view to prepare it for the 2014 elections. It is learnt that Chiranjeevi is likely to be accommodated this time.
Apart from Pranab Mukherjee, Veerabhadra Singh also resigned to the Union cabinet as he faced corruption charges. Apart from filling these two vacancies, Manmohan Singh is also likely to shed some of the portfolios he has been holding. After Pranab resigned, Manmohan kept the Finance portfolio. It is being said that Chidambaram might once again be made Finance Minister in view of his experience. Chidambaram was the Finance Minister before being shifted to Home after a series of terror attacks.