DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni submitted
her resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday,
a day before the cabinet reshuffle.
resignation comes just four days before the sunset date for
analogue cable television in the four metros of Mumbai, Delhi,
Chennai and Kolkata. Cable TV delivery in the four metros
will mandatorily have to be via digital set-top boxes (STBs)
from 1 November.
Congress party has decided to utilise the servies of Soni
in preparing the party for the 2014 general elections. Soni
felt privileged to have been asked to work to strengthen the
party cadres just over a year before the next general elections.
who will turn 70 on 13 November, is a member of the Rajya
Sabha from Punjab. She became I and B Minister on 22 May 2009,
and was tourism minister prior to that from 29 January 2006.
has served as Indian Youth Congress president during emergency
in 1975, and became a member of the Rajya Sabha for the first
time in March 1976. She also served as general secretary of
the Congress from 1999 to 2006.
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