Ambika Soni dismisses reports of her resignation from Congress

Congress general secretary Ambika Soni today dismissed reports of her resignation from the party, saying she had asked the leadership to lighten her duties due to her health.

Published: 21st July 2017 04:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2017 04:55 PM   |  A+A-

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Ambika Soni. | PTI File Photo

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Congress general secretary Ambika Soni today dismissed reports of her resignation from the party, saying she had asked the leadership to lighten her duties due to her health.

Soni is the AICC general secretary incharge of party affairs in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

"There is no question of resigning," Soni told PTI.

"I had myself asked the party leadership to lighten my duties in the party due to my health," she said, adding that she will continue to fulfil the responsibilities till new appointments are made.

She said she had told the party leadership last year that Himachal Pradesh goes to polls later this year and it was difficult to travel in the three hill states due to her health.

She, however, continues to be the party general secretary and incharge of the states. Sources said that she will continue to fulfil her responsibilities till new appointments are made.

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Party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "We strongly reject insinuations being planted by our adversaries regarding her resignation."

He described her as one of the "most seasoned, experienced and capable" leaders of the party.

"A year ago Ambika Soni had requested the party leadership to lighten her duties on account of her health. The party has and will always continue to utilise her experience and acumen," he said.

The Congress leadership is in the process of restructuring the party by bringing in some new faces in leading roles, ahead of organisational elections that are set to end by October 15.

The Congress leadership has already made some new appointments in poll-bound states, including Gujarat, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.

Sources say that the party leadership is in the process of appointing a new PCC chief for Madhya Pradesh and some restructuring is expected in its Himachal Pradesh unit.

Himachal Pradesh goes to polls along with Gujarat in November this year.

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