President accepts resignation of DMK ministers



New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday accepted the resignation of five ministers belonging to the DMK, which withdrew support to the UPA government on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

"The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of the following members of the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect," a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said naming the DMK representatives in the Union Ministry.

MK Alagiri, the minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, SS Palanimanickam, the minister of state for Finance, S Gandhiselvan, the minister of state for Health and Family Welfare, S Jagathrakshakan, the minister of state for Commerce and Industry and D Nepoleon, the minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment, had submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday.

Srikant Jena shall be given Independent Charge of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers as Minister of State, in addition to Independent Charge of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation as Minister of State, the release said.

The DMK ministers put in their papers after the DMK withdrew support to the UPA government over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

PTI