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Minister to continue in Cabinet

BHUBANESWAR APRIL 15. The Orissa Industries Minister, Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo — who had resigned on Saturday against the non-cooperation of the local administration in the implementation of various developmental projects in his Assembly constituency, Patnagarh, in Bolangir district — will continue in the Cabinet, the Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, said here today.

``Mr. Singh Deo remains very much in my Cabinet,'' Mr. Patnaik told presspersons on his return from New Delhi.

"The issues raised by him will be sorted out in consultation with other Ministers and officials at the district level.''

Mr. Deo, who had gone to New Delhi after announcing his resignation, also returned along with Mr. Patnaik.

"Most of the problems had been resolved after my discussions with the Chief Minister, and whatever remains will be sorted out,'' Mr. Deo, a BJP member, said.

His wife, Sangeeta Singh Deo, is the Lok Sabha member from Bolangir.

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