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Updated: June 27, 2012 00:43 IST

Virbhadra Singh resigns

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Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Virbhadra Singh
The Hindu Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Virbhadra Singh

Union Minister Virbhadra Singh resigned on Tuesday in the wake of a Himachal Pradesh court framing corruption charges against him.

He is the third minister in the UPA-II to quit on similar grounds.

A five-time Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the 78-year-old Mr. Singh, the Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence before announcing his resignation.

“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Virbhadra Singh from the Union Council of Ministers, with immediate effect,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.

On moral grounds

A veteran Congress leader, Mr. Singh said he has resigned on moral grounds. “No one asked me to quit. This is my moral duty as I did not want to embarrass my party, PM or government,” he told reporters.

Mr. Singh’s decision came a day after the Himachal court framed charges of corruption and criminal misconduct against him and his wife Pratibha Singh in a 23-year-old case, saying there was sufficient evidence to proceed against them.

The minister, who had met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi last evening, dismissed as “totally fabricated” the allegations against him.

“In the last 50 years, I have handled many portfolios like tourism and Steel and during my tenure nobody has questioned my integrity or that of my family,” he said.

Mr. Singh said his resignation should not be seen as an admission of guilt as he was going to fight the case to the logical end.

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instead of taking sides with or against a particular party we should go
to the root of it......what is point in taking sides......we voted for
them....and now we cry...

from:  advait singh
Posted on: Jun 27, 2012 at 22:50 IST

Virbhadra will suffer the fate of Sukh Ram now., I being Himachali is ashamed of him.

from:  K.S.Chauhan
Posted on: Jun 27, 2012 at 19:12 IST

Mr Chidambaram, learn from your senior colleague. Members like Mr Singh has and will keep the Congress afloat.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Jun 27, 2012 at 09:55 IST

Only this minister has resigned, he must be punished but what about other rulers and supporters of kognessis.

from:  Vijen
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 18:47 IST

It is good to see that at least one minister is sensitive enough to resign on account of framing of corruption charges instead of waiting to be arrested and lodged in Tihar or claiming to be acquitted in the public court of election

from:  k kannan
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 18:24 IST

Virbhadra Singh has set a good example by tendering his resignation on being framed with corruption charges. Whether he is corrupt or not that is a different issue but at least he has offered his resignation itself is an act of integrity on his part.

from:  Batskhem Myrboh
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 18:22 IST

Good for his health.

from:  narendra
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 18:09 IST

Good move by the Union Minister and this must be appreciated. For, how many Union Ministers have done so.This is indeed an healthy trend.

from:  JAYARAMAN V S
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 16:45 IST

Virbhadra Singh is a true congress party man and a member of the corrupt birds of the same Congress feather

from:  Chennaivaasi
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 16:30 IST

Now,there is no doubt that this govt. is full of corrupt ministers,one thing should be notice here is that just framing the charges itself has taken 23 year then we can expect how many years it will take for conviction(hoping this respected minister will remain alive till that time)because for govt.making delay in this judicial process is very easy and they can influence evidence,witness,investigating agency as per there wish. now,time came to expose all these enemies of our country and it would be done only when any independent agency will investigate the charges framed against them. So,be ready for 25th july.

from:  sorab
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 16:15 IST

It is really shameful that our politicians are nowhere near good conduct. Perhaps, we need a party that does work without any donations from anyone. Every member should be ready to take an oath while contesting elections no money will be taken from the party or from well wishers for expenses. After winning, he/she will work on voluntary basis and take a honorarium of around Rs.10,000 per month. Party shall not demand any contribution to Party fund at all.

from:  Raghavan
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 16:05 IST

'Quit on moral grounds'. Sounds nice. Now he can devote his entire time to manipulating and managing the evidence and, finally, getting the charges quashed. How cynical have I become of congress politicians!!

from:  Raghu
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 16:01 IST

It is alarming! It seems that a time is ahead when we have to dream of an honest politician or a Govt. servant of low or high profile. Almighty save the nation in particular and the common man in general.

from:  Afzal Naqash
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 15:49 IST

one can understand that there is substance in what Anna & his team's complaint. Virbhadra Singh is one of the 15 ministers against whom Anna & his team wanted enquiry conducted.He has to resign only because the Court has intervened. Left 2 Congress Party this would not have happened. Sonia has lost her credibility and unless she start cleansing the party of these corrupt elements the future is very bleak for Congress which is clinging on to power because her allies do not want election now. But their dooms day is not far off. See the track record of Pranab. Had he continued for some more months it would have been a disaster for Indian Economy. It is a blessing in disguise for him and big relief personally. Now he can enjoy the fruits of his hard work?? Chidambaram is yet another minister who is hanging-on by sheer luck. Swamy despite his best efforts is yet to taste success in his fight against this cunning fox. Congress once had great statesmen like Patel Kamaraj TTK Sastri.

from:  Rajan Gopalkrishnan
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 15:36 IST

Everyone knows everything right from the beginning but only because congress political parties shelters all the people who are in a sense traitors. Arvind kejriwal proven right once again. it proves that if given chance our political class will sell their nation within a day. ultimately in india also there has to be something like Arab world. all these so called leaders have to be told in the language they understand. things like starting a case will do nothing latest and funniest example is of chidambram, which is of fraud in election. the dicision that the case should be started or not took almos2.5 years and again it will go on for ten to twenty years who knows by that time chidamram will be there or not. the funniest thing are PM-i don't have a magic wand cong.-all our leaders even when they are charged with all kinds of allegations, are saints BJP-parameters of corruption for us and congress are different Other Parties- we do nothing wrong-when are involved in all wrong

from:  anil
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 13:56 IST

Another blow for congress. Pity!

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Jun 26, 2012 at 13:33 IST
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