Railway Minister Pawan Bansal resigns

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Photo: Dijeshwar Singh
Photo: Dijeshwar Singh

New Delhi, May 10 (PTI): Beleaguered Railway Minister PK Bansal has resigned after he was understood to have been asked to do so in the wake of the arrest of his nephew on bribery charges.

Bansal, 64, was asked to resign shortly after Congress President Sonia Gandhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh amid growing unease in the party over the controversy surrounding the Railway Minister.

Already battered by a series of scams, the party and the government suffered a severe blow when Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla was arrested last Friday for allegedly accepting Rs 90 lakh as bribe for helping in the promotion of a Railway Board Member Mahesh Kumar.

Media reports that a number of kin of Bansal had benefited from a public sector bank by way of loans when he was Minister of State of Finance earlier further embarrassed the party and the government.

A clear hint about action against Bansal came when Congress spokesman Bhakt Charan Das said the party will not spare anybody “mired” in corruption or manipulation.

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