Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:56:08 GMT

PM accepts DMK ministers' resignations



New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday accepted the resignations of five DMK ministers and forwarded them to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Cabinet Minister S.K. Jena has been given additional charge of the chemical and fertilizers portfolio earlier held by DMK's M.K. Alagiri. The other four ministers were ministers of state.

"The resignations have been accepted by the prime minister and sent to the president," an official from the Prime Minister's Office told IANS.

The DMK Tuesday quit the UPA government after accusing it of going soft on Colombo over the killing of Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan military during the closing stages of the war against the Tamil Tigers.

©Indo-Asian News Service

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