Selja, who held Social Justice and Empowerment portfolio since October 2012, submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday night, sources close to her said.

The resignation Selja, 51, a known detractor of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, comes at a time when the Congress high command is undertaking a rejig in the party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Congress names Kumari Selja, Sanjay Singh for Rajya Sabha

The fourth-time Lok Sabha member put in her papers soon after being nominated to the Rajya Sabha from her home state Haryana. Assembly elections in Haryana are scheduled by the year-end.

Congress sources said that the Union Minister is being drafted for party work for the next Lok Sabha polls. The party high command is in search of a PCC chief for the state to replace Phulchand Mulana. Earlier, the name of Ashok Tanwar, also a Dalit, was doing rounds for the PCC post.

She has been active politics since 1990 and was first elected in 1991. She is a four term Lok Sabha MP. A section in the party believes that she could be accommodated in AICC.

Selja is the daughter of former Union Minister Chaudhary Dalbir Singh. She was a Lok Sabha member from Ambala and had earlier represented Sirsa. A prominent Dalit face of the party in Haryana, she had been more active in the politics of Centre.


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