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President Kovind accepts Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant's resignation

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 November 2019, 11:18 IST
Arvind Sawant

A day after Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant resigned as the Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, President Ram Nath Kovind today accepted his resignation and gave the additional charge of the Ministry to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant from the Union council of ministers with immediate effect, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.

Sawant's resignation has been accepted on advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson.

As advised by the prime minister, the president has directed that Union minister Prakash Javadekar be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in addition to his existing portfolios, the spokesperson added.

The Shiv Sena MP Sawant on Monday resigned from the Union cabinet after his party walked away from NDA over the power-sharing agreement in Maharashtra.

"I took oath on May 30 as Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. BJP went back from their pre-election promises. During Lok Sabha elections, it was discussed that there would be equal sharing of power including the chief ministerial post. BJP is denying this now," he had told reporters in the national capital.

"It would not have been morally right for me to continue in the Centre as a new government is about to form in Maharashtra. So I have submitted my resignation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi," he had added.

BJP has cleared that it would not be forming government in Maharashtra owing to its relations with its ally Shiv Sena that turned bitter after Assembly polls. Shiv Sena has asked for the chief ministerial post, a demand which was turned down by BJP which is the single largest party in Maharashtra.

(With Inputs from Agencies)

First published: 12 November 2019, 11:18 IST