Railway Minister Pawan Bansal Resigned

Railway Minister Pawan Bansal Resigned.

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar BansalPawan Bansal, the first Congressman to hold the key portfolio in 17 years, has been sacked. He reached the PM’s residence this evening and handed in his resignation.

News that Mr Bansal had been forced to resign came soon after Congress president Sonia Gandhi met the Prime Minister this evening. The Railway Minister is meeting the Prime Minister at the latter’s & Race Course Road residence. Earlier, hectic meetings were held at the PM’s residence suggesting a larger churn in the party. Senior minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was there as was Ahmed Patel, political advisor to Mrs Gandhi; another minister Sachin Pilot too met Dr Manmohan Singh.

Mr Bansal, who only took over in October last year, was under tremendous pressure to quit after his nephew Vijay Singla was arrested last week for allegedly accepting bribe to organise a plum posting for a senior official in the Railways, which his uncle heads. The CBI is expected to interrogate Mr Bansal to follow up on allegations of his involvement in the case as new details are emerging in its investigations.

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