New Delhi: A major reshuffle is likely to take place in the Congress as four senior ministers have expressed their willingness to look after the party affairs. According to the sources, senior ministers in their letter to party President Sonia Gandhi have asked to relieve them from their ministerial posts and involve them in the party affairs. GOVERNMENT DISMISSES REPORTS (JPN/Agencies)
Media was abuzz with reports that at least four ministers - Jairam Ramesh, Salman Khurshid, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Vayalar Ravi -- have offered to quit the government and work for the party. Azad is already AICC General Secretary.
However, Ravi, Minister for Overseas Affairs, denied having written any such letter and said he was happy in the job he was doing. But fuelling speculation, Ramesh and Khurshid met Gandhi at her residence this evening. There was no official word on what they discussed.
Sources said Khurshid, who holds Law and Minority Affairs portfolios, had written to Gandhi just after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results last month, explaining the scene after the party's drubbing.
In that context, the senior Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh is believed to have offered to give up his ministerial posts and work for the party. Ravi vehemently denied having written any letter to Gandhi. "I have never written any letter," he said, adding he had been asked to look after Andhra Pradesh affairs as Azad could not go there.
Interestingly, Gandhi held confabulations with top party brass including Pranab Mukherjee, A K Antony, P Chidambaram and Ahmed Patel. Pawan Kumar Bansal and V Narayanasami were also present.
Party sources feel that any change in the government and the organisation could come about after the current Parliament session by which time the report of Antony committee on the election reverses in UP, Punjab and Goa is expected.
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.
He was replying to questions on whether Union Ministers Salman Khurshid, Jairam Ramesh, Vayalar Ravi and Ghulam Nabi Azad had offered to resign from their posts and work for the Congress party.
New Delhi: A major reshuffle is likely to take place in the Congress as four senior ministers have expressed their willingness to look after the party affairs. According to the sources, senior ministers in their letter to party President Sonia Gandhi have asked to relieve them from their ministerial posts and involve them in the party affairs.
GOVERNMENT DISMISSES REPORTS