According to top sources, Pranab Mukherjee [ Images ] will head the finance ministry. P Chidambaram [ Images ] has been given the home ministry once again though he was quite reluctant to take up the post --- his eyes were clearly on the "much more sophisticated finance ministry."
Kamal Nath, despite being among the senior-most Congress MPs, may not get a powerful ministry. He would have become the foreign minister, but for stiff internal opposition from inside the party.
So once again, the United Progressive Alliance [ Images ] government will be navigated by Congress President Sonia Gandhi [ Images ] and party general Secretary Rahul Gandhi [ Images ] from the outside. From inside, it will be run by Dr Singh, Mukherjee, Krishna, A K Antony, who will stay on as defence minister, and Chidambaram.
Sushilkumar Shinde, S Jaipal Reddy [ Images ], Kamal Nath, Vayalar Ravi, Meira Kumar [ Images ], Murli Deora, Kapil Sibal [ Images ], Ambika Soni, B K Handique, Anand Sharma and C P Joshi also figure in the list of ministers.