Murli Deora offers to quit Cabinet post
New Delhi: Minister of Corporate Affairs Murli Deora has offered to resign ahead of talk of a possible Cabinet reshuffle.
“Yes, I have offered to Congress President Sonia Gandhi to step down from the Union Council of Ministers… Have not asked for anything more… It is not a sudden decision,” Mr. Deora told PTI.
Mr. Deora, however, clarified that he hasn’t resigned yet and had offered to relinquish charge of the Corporate Affairs Ministry “orally” to Ms. Gandhi a few weeks back.
It wasn’t known what Ms. Gandhi’s reaction was. “I have the satisfaction of completing a full five-year stint as Union Minister and so now I thought it will be appropriate to step down,” he said without elaborating.
There is talk of a Cabinet reshuffle after President Pratibha Patil’s return from her sojourn in Hyderabad on July 8.