More resignations from India govt ahead of cabinet reshuffle
NEW DELHI - Three more ministers have resigned from the Indian government, giving Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the space to overhaul his Cabinet and bring in younger faces.
Information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni, 69, a longtime Congress politician considered close to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahai, 61, and minister for social justice and empowerment Mukul Wasnik, 53, put in their papers on Saturday, a day before the reshuffle takes place.
Sunday's Cabinet reshuffle is seen as preparation for the 2014 general elections, aimed at giving the Cabinet a fresh look and bringing back senior hands to take care of party affairs.
On Friday external affairs minister S.M. Krishna, 80, had put in his papers. "The flavour of the season is that youngsters must take over the reigns of responsibility," Mr Krishna said, addressing the media on Saturday