Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal resignes from his post

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NEW DELHI: Beleaguered railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has resigned from his post on Friday. This comes in the wake of a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Earlier Congress spokespersons have been maintaining that government is “seized” of the matter of continuance of Bansal.

Significantly, Bansal skipped a meeting of the Union Cabinet last evening, that added grist to the mill that he could be on his way out.

The railway minister’s nephew Vijay Singla has been arrested for allegedly trying to fix the promotion for a member in the railway board.

Bansal’s woes mounted when the CBI questioned his private secretary Rahul Bhandari, a 1997-batch IAS officer from Punjab cadre, in connection with the alleged Rs 10 crore bribery scandal. Bansal has denied any wrongdoing by him claiming that he has no business links with Singla.

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