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TOI reports what could be a major political reshuffle:

In a bid to rejig the Congress party, four senior Cabinet ministers wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi saying they want to be relieved of their portfolios and work for the party, according to Timesnow.

The ministers include rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, health and [f]amily welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, law & justice and minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid and overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi offering to go back to party works.

Although the story has been picked up by the media, IBN Live reports a denial by one of the four:

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vyalar Ravi on Tuesday denied that that he had written a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressing his desire to resign from the Union Cabinet.

“There is no truth in the story. I have not met the Congress president. I am happy with the job I have. Party made me the minister. I have not written any letter,” he said.

This turned out to be another bit of rumour reported in the press without any fact checking. IE does not quite apologize:

The government dismissed reports that four Union Ministers had offered to quit their posts and work for the party, saying all Congress leaders are working for the party whether they are a part of the dispensation or the organisation.

“You people always are in the habit of some sort of imagination. Everybody is doing party work whether they are in government or outside government. Therefore I have nothing to comment on it,” Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

April 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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