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Carrying the Can

Carrying the Can Nireekshak WHAT a week that was! The DMK succession, Bombay in flames, election bombshells in the North and, finally, the snap reshuffle of the Central Council of Ministers. The last-mentioned caught the Capital's sharpest news-hounds napping. For months the Press had been speculating about Cabinet changes, but last week, preoccupied with the poll results, none of the papers had any thought to spare for it. The one exception was Times of India which, in a report dated February 11 from New Delhi, mentioned the possibility of a "Cabinet reshuffle in the next few days, before the commencement of the Budget session''. The Prime Minister, the report said, had been discussing various alternatives with unnamed "top advisers" who had "worked out a series of 'contingency plans' for a Cabinet reshuffle of different dimensions . . . ranging from routine adjustments to a major reshuffle which could drastically alter the present power equations in the Cabinet". But having gone so far the report hedged its bets by adding that the Prime Minister might not after all give "final shape" to her plans until, first, it was definitely known whether Kamaraj would accept her invitation to join the Cabinet and, second, the Congress Working Committee had taken stock of the post-election situation. Actually, the PM decided to wait for neither.

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