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Odisha CM hints at Ministry reshuffle

Bhubaneswar, Mar 17: With speculation rife over the possibility of an expansion in the State Ministry in view of the negative perception of the people towards the BJD in the recently held panchayat elections, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday hinted at a reshuffle of his three-year-old Ministry. The changes is likely to be made after the ongoing Budget Session that would conclude on April 7.

After his return from New Delhi on Friday, the CM when asked by reporters about the Ministry reshuffle did not rule out the possibility and said, “We will look into the matter and decide what needs be done.”

When asked about the ruling party’s poor show in the recently held three-tier panchayat polls, Patnaik said, “We have already started the process.”

Patnaik’s remark fuelled speculation in ruling BJD circles that the much-awaited reshuffle/expansion of Ministry is round the corner as the CM had earlier already informed that change on both the party organisation and Government would be carried out to fulfil the expectations of the people of the State.

However, the longest Chief Minister of the State, Patnaik has all along been very 
secretive when it comes to making changes in the Government.

It is learnt that many young influential Minister may be shunted out from the Council of Ministers. The results of the panchayat polls has deeply embarrassed several heavyweight Ministers in the Naveen Patnaik Government.

From the beginning of his fourth stint as CM in 2014, Patnaik has not ever changed or expanded his Ministry.

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