Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Registration Anoop Jacob has dismissed speculations on stripping off his ministership in a possible reshuffle in the State Cabinet, here today. Speaking to reporters here, he said that he was not expecting a change in the composition of State Cabinet that would adversely affect the coalition partners. However, he also did not hide his dissatisfaction in the ongoing political bickering and the controversies over the Cabinet reshuffle. ‘The discussion of political affairs in media circles by some of the leaders instead of making it in concerned forums is the real issue in the UDF. The leaders of the coalition partners have not made any comments on a possible Cabinet reshuffle or change of portfolios so far. I don’t like to reply to any of the speculations. Moreover, I won’t register my opinions for the sake of flash news,’ he said. Anoop also dismissed the reports over the division between Kerala Congress (Jacob) leadership and minister in the State Cabinet. Party is moving ahead united and any interpretations contrary to this are wrong, he said, when asked about the criticism aired by his own party chairman Johny Nellore towards his ministry. Our party chairman always makes his remarks with good intensions. We have already initiated action in two cases, which were being brought to the attention of the government. Only 100 ration shops out of the total 14,300 in the state were given sanction during my stint as minister. Moreover, the Civil Supplies department has made due interventions to bring efficiency in the Public Distribution system in the State. When the issue of the scarcity of boiled rice was brought to our notice, we supplied it through ration shops,’ Anoop claimed.
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