Old resignation letter used, says miffed Agatha

Last Updated 29 October 2012, 09:33 IST

Former union minister of state for rural development Agatha K. Sangma of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Monday expressed her discontent with the manner in which she was "dropped" from the council of ministers, ahead of the Sunday reshuffle.

On Saturday evening, a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan stated that President Pranab Mukherjee had accepted the resignation of seven union ministers, including Agatha Sangma, based on the advice of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The young parliamentarian alleged that the NCP had made use of a resignation letter she had written on July 23, 2012, during a crisis in ties between coalition partners Congress and NCP.

Agatha Sangma said: "It is very inappropriate that they submitted a resignation letter which was for a different purpose. I feel they should not have done it."

During the peak of the crisis, Agatha, the youngest daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma was also asked by Pawar to skip office.

However, NCP general secretary D.P. Tripathi said that Agatha was dropped from the post of union minister of state for rural development due to her "anti-party" activities.

"She has been dropped from the ministry for going against the party in the presidential elections and other anti-party activities," Tripathi told IANS over phone.

He also said that Agatha's absence from the party's national convention held Oct 10 was another reason, which virtually illustrated her anti-party activities.

On the other hand, the Tura parliamentarian from Meghalaya said that by being out of the government, an opportunity to serve the people better has opened for her. "I gracefully accept (being dropped from the union council of ministers), but there is also a brighter side to it. As a parliamentarian, I now have other bigger opportunities," she said.

Asked if NCP MP Supriya Sule should have been inducted in her place rather than Tariq Anwar, she said: "It would be unwise to have a father and daughter in the same cabinet and Anwar, who is a senior NCP leader, deserved to be in the ministry."

At the same time, she lamented that Anwar was not made a union minister of state with independent charge despite being a senior leader in the NCP.

"Anwar is a senior NCP leader and I think he should have been given Independent charge," she said.

(Published 29 October 2012, 09:33 IST)

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