Congress and Rajya Sabha member Chiranjeevi is still awaiting the elusive call from New Delhi that he hopes will pave the way for his joining the Manmohan Singh government.
The Chiru camp has revealed that no formal intimation has been received from the national capital even as speculation abounds that a minor cabinet expansion in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)government is to be effected this Sunday with the actor-turned-politician and perhaps another one or two hopefuls likely to be inducted into the Union cabinet.
“We hope he would be inducted into the Union cabinet. However, Chiranjeevi has not received any official communication yet,” close confidant and AP endowments minister C Ramachandraiah, said.
Sources in UPA said that it has been a practice that those who are going to be inducted into the Union ministry are informed of the same about 48 to 24 hours before the swearing in. “Until then, all the aspirants, including Chiranjeevi, can keep holding on to their hope for a Union cabinet berth,” a source said.
At present, there is one Union cabinet minister, Jaipal Reddy as petroleum minister, one minister of state with independent charge in Kishore Chandra Deo and three ministers of state, D Purandeswari, Panabaka Lakshmi and Pallam Raju, representing Andhra Pradesh in the Union cabinet.
Apart from Chiranjeevi, the name of newly-inducted Rajya Sabha Congress MP Renuka Chowdhary as a possible inductee in the Union cabinet, too, is doing the rounds. TOI