Congress leaders ask Soni to quit

Other News Materials 18 September 2007 03:09 (UTC +04:00)

(Gulfnews)- New Delhi: The ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi has hauled up leaders demanding the resignation of federal Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni following the Ram Sethu ( Adam's Bridge) controversy.

Congress Working Committee member R.K. Dhawan yesterday joined Soni's ministerial colleague Jairam Ramesh in demanding her resignation.

Sources in the party said that Sonia has asked both Ramesh and Dhawan to explain their conduct, which has put the party in an embarrassing situation.

Dhawan, who served as personal secretary to Sonia's mother-in-law Indira Gandhi for long, demanded Soni's resignation for the Archaeological Survey of India report questioning the existence of a Hindu deity in its affidavit in the Supreme Court last week.

"She should quit as the minister on moral grounds and come clean on the issue," Dhawan said.