The Straits Times
Published on Oct 27, 2012

More Indian ministers resign ahead of cabinet reshuffle


NEW DELHI - Three senior and three junior ministers resigned from the Indian Cabinet today, giving Prime Minister Manmohan Singh room to rejig his Cabinet and give it an image makeover, well ahead of the 2014 general elections.

The reshuffle is seen as an effort by Prime Minister Singh to induct new faces and revive the reputation of the government, which for the most part of its second term in power has been accused of poor governance following a series of corruption scandals, including in the sale of 2G spectrum licences and allocation of captive coal blocks.

"It is an attempt to strengthen the party and give a new image to the government as one that is functioning effectively," said Professor Sandeep Shastri of Jain University in Bangalore.

Mr G.V.L. Narsimha Rao, a Delhi-based political analyst, said the reshuffle is a way for the Congress to make it battle-ready for the next general elections.