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Ahead of reshuffle, Deora offers to quit

New Delhi: Corporate Affairs Minister Murli Deora has submitted his resignation to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and is lobbying for a ministerial berth for his son Milind, party sources said ahead of the impending cabinet reshuffle.

Deora, who has cited personal and health reasons, submitted his resignation to Gandhi last week, a Congress insider said. He wants a ministerial berth for his son Milind Deora, who is a second term MP from South Mumbai, the sources added.

Political circles view Deora’s “resignation offer” as a pre-emptive move following the draft report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which has pointed out several violations in the execution of exploration contracts by the petroleum ministry between 2006 and 2008 when Deora was minister.

Deora was the petroleum minister from 2006 till January 2011. He was moved to the corporate affairs ministry in the last reshuffle in January.

Deora’s resignation offer comes amid speculation that several other ministers will be dropped in the reshuffle. The names doing the rounds include Dayanidhi Maran, M.S. Gill, B.K. Handique and Kanti Lal Bhuria.

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