Ambika Soni asks Congress to relieve her as party in-charge of Himachal, Uttarakhand

Ambika Soni, who handled tourism-culture and information-broadcasting portfolios in UPA I and UPA II, is the general secretary of the party and a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), its highest decision-making body.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2017 6:30 pm
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Senior Congress leader Ambika Soni has asked the party to relieve her as in-charge of the states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Soni made the request citing health reasons. At the same time, she dismissed reports of her resignation from the party.

“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.

Soni, who handled tourism-culture and information-broadcasting portfolios in UPA I and UPA II, is the general secretary of the party and a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), its highest decision-making body. She represents Punjab in the Rajya Sabha.

It is not clear whether the Congress has accepted her resignation from those posts. While Uttarakhand went to polls earlier this year resulting in a big defeat for the party, Himachal Pradesh, currently ruled by the Congress, will hold elections later this year.

“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,” said party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

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.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    chetan
    Jul 22, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    Cong lost UK and they are going to loose HP also. Ambika madam is playing safe by sidelining her self. Congress has no future under Pappu Pogo...
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      Harvinder
      Jul 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm
      Her decision is right because congress is sinking ship in Himachal as well. The central leadership has failed to crop up new faces in any state except fewer sycophants. Ab to bhag soni bhag.
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      1. kris kumar
        Jul 21, 2017 at 10:42 pm
        What does she knows and the joker Pappu does not? The Congress decimation is very visible in every state and Congress still let him bark again and again with out talking about any issue.
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          sdas
          Jul 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm
          Tall talk - she is being smart knowing well that Himachal Pradesh will be a death-knell for her party.
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            RJ
            Jul 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm
            This is why Congress is doomed to fail. What is this tamasha of a nobody like Ambika Soni being in-charge of some states? What is her standing or qualifications, except Iicking Sonia's bottom? The local congress leaders from the states should be reporting directly to the party President, who himself/herself should have risen from a local level on his/her own competence and leadership. In the absence of such a system, I wish Congress party a quick death.
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