PM accepts sulking Kamat`s resignation
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 22:19
New Delhi/Mumbai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday accepted the resignation of a sulking Union Minister Gurudas Kamat a day after he was allocated independent charge of Drinking Water and Sanitation ministry.

57-year-old Kamat announced his decision to "voluntarily withdraw from active politics", denying reports that he was "sacked" or "threatened with action" and "forced to resign".

The Rashtrapati Bhavan announced that Kamat's resignation has been accepted and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh given the additional charge of Drinking Water and Sanitation ministry.

Incidentally, the ministry was carved out of Ministry of Rural Development.

"... my request to relieve me was no pressure tactic and is a genuine request after considerable thought given to my political future. It is a decision I have taken to voluntarily withdraw from active politics and would not want to be in any position either in the Government or in the party organisation and would want to remain just an active Congress worker," he said in a statement in Mumbai.

Kamat denied he was involved in any "backroom talks" with Congress leaders for any position.

The statement came close on the heels of Congress disapproving of Kamat's resignation after the reshuffle of the Union Council of Ministers.

"These things should not have happened," Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said when asked to comment on Kamat's resignation.

Kamat, a five-time MP from Mumbai, who was the Minister of State for Home and Communications, wrote to the Prime Minister soon after yesterday's reshuffle, saying he wanted to be relieved of his ministerial responsibility.


First Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 22:19

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