Pranab accepts DMK ministers' resignation
New Delhi, Mar 21 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday accepted the resignation of five Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) ministers with immediate effect.
In a press communique, the President's Secretariat said: "The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of the following members of the Union Council of Ministers with immediate effect: M.K. Alagiri - Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, S.S. Palanimanickam - Minister of State for Finance, S. Gandhiselvan - Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, S. Jagathrakshakan - Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, and, D. Nepoleon - Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment."
"Further, as advised by the Prime Minister of India, the President has directed that Shri Srikant Jena shall be given Independent Charge of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers as Minister of State, in addition to Independent Charge of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation as Minister of State," said the President's Secretariat.
Five DMK ministers on Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submitted their resignations from the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
S.S. Palanimanickam, S. Gandhiselvan, S. Jagatrakshakan met the PM and submitted their resignation letters first, while Union Ministers MK Alagiri and D Napolean submitted their resignation later, reports said.
The DMK ministers submitted their resignations a day after the ruling UPA's southern ally DMK on Tuesday pulled out of the government in New Delhi over its "soft stand" on the atrocities on Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamils vis-a-vis a US-sponsored resolution at the UNHRC session at Geneva, dealing a body blow to the main constituent Congress party led coalition.