Murli Deora offers to quit amid reshuffle buzz

Minister of Corporate Affairs Murli Deora has offered to resign ahead of talk of a possible Cabinet reshuffle.

New Delhi: Minister of Corporate Affairs
Murli Deora has offered to resign ahead of talk of a possible
Cabinet reshuffle.

Deora, 74, said he has submitted his resignation and
sought to dismiss reports that he has asked for his son Milind
Deora`s inclusion in the Council of Ministers.

"Yes, I have offered to Congress president Sonia Gandhi
to step down from the Union Council of Ministers... Have not
asked for anything more... It is not a sudden decision," Deora
said.

Deora, however, clarified that he hasn`t resigned yet and
had offered to relinquish charge of the Corporate Affairs
Ministry "orally" to Gandhi a few weeks back.

It wasn`t known what Gandhi`s reaction was.

"I have the satisfaction of completing a full five-year
stint as Union Minister and so now I thought it will be
appropriate to step down," he said without elaborating.

There is talk of a Cabinet reshuffle after President
Pratibha Patil`s return from her sojourn in Hyderabad on July
8.

PTI