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Rahul meets Prime Minister : Cabinet reshuffle ahead?

New Delhi, Oct 17 (PTI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday amid talk of a Cabinet reshuffle.

While there was no official word as to what transpired at the meeting, the Prime Minister has been time and again inviting the young leader to join the government.

There have been repeated demands from within the Congress that Gandhi play a “larger role” in the organisation and the government.

The meeting comes a day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had separate meetings with President Pranab Mukherjee.

There has been speculation about a reshuffle in the Cabinet for quite some time now, especially after the exit of Trinamool Congress ministers both at the levels of Cabinet and Ministers of State levels.

There have been berths vacated by DMK representatives A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran in the last two years after their names cropped in the 2G scam.

However, DMK President M Karunanidhi has recently made clear that his party will not not like to reclaim their lost berths.

Congress sources said that the reshuffle and induction could be largely from the party. There is speculation that some young faces, considered close to Rahul, like Manicka Tagore and Meenakshi Natarajan could be inducted into the council of ministers.