Indian PM removes 2 ministers tainted by scandals

AP News
Posted: Jul 12, 2011 8:27 AM
Indian PM removes 2 ministers tainted by scandals

India's embattled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is shaking up his Cabinet by removing ministers tainted by allegations of corruption and mismanagement and promoting younger politicians.

The relatively minor changes announced Tuesday are unlikely to restore confidence in a government that has been shaken by corruption scandals.

Singh has left the top ministries of finance, defense, external affairs and home affairs unchanged.

But he accepted the resignation of Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran, who is under investigation for allegedly misusing his authority when he was telecommunications minister. M.S. Gill, who was sports minister during India's scandal-plagued hosting of the Commonwealth Games last year, also resigned.