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Jayalalithaa drops minister, reshuffles cabinet yet again

In the ministry re-cast exercise that came a day after the ruling AIADMK’s impressive victory in the Yercaud bypoll, Jayalalithaa axed KV Ramalingam, minister for sports and youth welfare and inducted RB 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 11 December, 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 BV Ramana, MC Sampath and Thoppu ND Venkatachalam.
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