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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

Natwar Singh bows out of Indian government

[b]Natwar Singh bows out of Indian government [/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 07 December, (Asian [/b]Natwar Singh the Indian minister in the eye of a raging storm over his alleged involvement in Saddan Hussein's oil coupons for food scam, resigned Tuesday night, full 24 hours after he announced his decision to quit once prime minister returns home from Moscow on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters outside his home here, Natwar Singh, who was stripped off the external affairs ministry and made a minister without portfolio in the wake of the Volker report, said, "I do want to be an excuse for the opposition to stall the functioning of Parliament proceedings. Important legislative business of significance to India's future was being held up. Hence, I have decided to tender resignation from the Union Council of Ministers despite the fact that I have not violated any law in letter and spirit".

He did not say whether he had sent his resignation to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is away in Moscow.

Earlier in the evening, Natwar Singh met Sonia Gandhi, the Congress chief, his second meeting since last evenining. Opposition BJP stalled Parliament for the fourth day demanding Natwar's resignation and of Sonia Gandhi as the chief of an advisory committee set by the government to oversee implementation of the ruling alliance's common minimum programme.

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