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Indian Minister Natwar Singh agrees to resign

[b]Indian Minister Natwar Singh agrees to resign[/b]

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 6 December ([/b] Natwar Singh, seasoned Indian diplomat, who was divested of external affairs and made minister without portfolio after his name figured in the Iraq oil for food scam, has agreed to resign. He will put in his papers tomorrow when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh returns from Moscow at the end of his three-day visit to Russia.

Natwar Singh did not make the announcement. Congress party spokesman told reporters around mid night on Monday shortly after Natwar Singh met Sonia Gandhi.

Nearly a month back he was divested of External Affairs Minister and made a minister without portfolio in the wake of the controversy. There have been broad hints since then that he should leave the government to avoid embarrassment to it during the pendency of the inquiry into the allegations. He failed to take notice of these signals and instead became more and more belligerent saying at one stage that his quitting would be an admission of guilt and that would not be in the Congress party’s interest.

Congress spokesman Anand Sharma said Natwar Singh told the Prime Minister that he would personally hand over his resignation to him on his return from Russia visit on Wednesday.

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