• Mahesh flies too high, only to crash-land

    Curiosity kills the cat. Sometimes controversies can kill too.

    Mahesh Sharma, who lost the crown of junior civil aviation minister in yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle, has learnt that the hard way.

    Sharma, who retains his additional portfolios of culture and tourism, has lost the ministry he was apparently most “interested” in, sources close to him said today.

    The 56-year-old BJP MP from Gautam Budh Nagar, who often shoots from lips and lands in controversies, was replaced by Jayant Sinha.

    “In fact, a day before the reshuffle, till late evening we were hoping for a call from party president Amit Shah’s office that he could be elevated to cabinet rank – so the snatching of the aviation portfolio came as a big disappointment,” a source said.

    “When that did not happen, we were hoping that at least all three portfolios would remain with him. But that also didn’t happen. The minister will not show it, but this has come as a blow to him,” another aide, who looks after his constituency affairs, said. JuJu Smith-Schuster Authentic Jersey

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