In yet another minor reshuffle of her ministry, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa today dropped a minister, re-inducted a former minister and effected changes in the portfolios of three cabinet colleagues.

In the ministry recast exercise that came a day after the ruling AIADMK’s impressive victory in the Yercaud bypoll, Jayalalithaa axed K.V. Ramalingam, Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare and inducted R.B. Udhaya Kumar, MLA from Sattur assembly segment, whom she had shunted out from the cabinet earlier.

Udhaya Kumar, who will be sworn in as minister on December 11, has been given the portfolio of Youth Welfare and Sports Development Department, a Raj Bhavan release said here.

According to sources, Ramalingam was shown the door by Jayalalithaa in the wake of allegations of land grabbing against him.

Jayalalithaa had stripped Ramalingam of the key Public Works Department portfolio some months back and allocated Sports and Youth Welfare departments.

The Chief Minister reshuffled portfolios of B.V. Ramana, M.C. Sampath and Thoppu N.D. Venkatachalam.

While Ramana has been designated Minister for Revenue and the portfolio of Commercial Taxes and Registration held by him has been allocated to Samapath. Venkatachalam has been redesignated as Minister for Environment.

Hitherto, Venkatachalam was the Minister for Revenue and Sampath, the Minister for Environment.

(This article was published on December 9, 2013)
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