New Delhi, Feb 13 (): DMK seems to be losing prominence in the UPA if one goes by its presence in the newly formed high powered committee. Most of it is filled with Congress Ministers, NCP and Trinamool Congress. Only in the Cabinet Committee on Prices does the DMK Ministers M K Alagiri find a place. The committee is headed by Ambika Soni.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) which has 13-members, 11 Congress ministers have found a place. The NCP’s Sharad Pawar and the Trinamool’s Mamata Banerjee are the only two representing other UPA allies. Vayalar Ravi who took over the Aviation Ministry from NCP is member of the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) and also he has been included in the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. Apart from this two committees, Ravi is also on the special committee formed by the Cabinet to review the ISRO S Band deal.
Kapil Sibal is on no less than four Cabinet committees. Jaipal Reddy, by virtue of his new Petroleum Ministry, is on both the CCEA and the CCI. Kamal Nath who has the Urban Development Ministry is only in the CCI. His protégé Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has been named a special invitee to all crucial economy-infrastructure-price-WTO-UIADI related Cabinet committees.
Prof K V Thomas, who has been given independent charge of the newly- bifurcated Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, has been included in the high-powered CCEA and also committee on prices.
DMK sources say that with election round the corner its ministers are busy with State conference and dealing with various power lobbies within the party. They are also in the seat sharing talks with allies.