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Kidwai accepts Venod Sharma’s resignation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 7
The Haryana Governor, Dr A.R. Kidwai, has accepted the resignation of the power and Public Works Minister, Mr Venod Sharma, facing hostility from his political detractors following reports of a sting operation alleging that he influenced witnesses in the Jessica Lall murder case in which his son, Manu, is the main accused.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had forwarded the resignation letter to the Governor last evening after receiving it from the Congress President, Mrs Sonia Gandhi. The Chief Minister is believed to have asked the Governor to accept the resignation to save his party from unnecessary criticism.

The Governor, who returned to Chandigarh late last evening, accepted the resignation letter today. With Mr Sharma out of the Haryana cabinet, the strength of the Hooda ministry has come down to 12, comprising the Chief Minister, the Deputy Chief Minister, seven Cabinet Ministers and three Ministers of State.

Mr Hooda told reporters before leaving on a five-nation tour that the party had exerted no pressure on Mr Sharma, who preferred to quit on moral grounds to “uphold the traditions of the Congress”. He clarified that Mr Sharma’s resignation was not demanded by him or the Congress high command.

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