Kapil Sibal gets telecom portfolio as ‘stop-gap’ measure

New Delhi: The DMK today said party chief M Karunanidhi has not yet decided on a successor to A Raja, who resigned as telecom minister, and suggested that HRD minister Kapil Sibal was given the portfolio as additional charge in a “stop-gap arrangement”.

Senior party leader and former Union minister T R Baalu, who was reportedly in the race to fill the slot of telecom minister, said it is the “prerogative of the prime minister to allot a vacant portfolio” to any of his cabinet colleagues.

“No one has any say on the issue except the prime minister. As such, our leader (M Karunanidhi) has not given any name to succeed Mr Raja to the prime minister," he told PTI here.

“It is 100% the prerogative of the prime minister to allot vacant portfolios. DMK has three cabinet slots in the UPA government and with the exit of Mr Raja, one slot is vacant," he said.

“Our leader will take a decision on the successor after consultations with senior party leaders and then convey the name to the prime minister,” he said.

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