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Vayalar, Jairam say not quitting; dismiss rejig chatter

delhi Updated: Apr 24, 2012 22:03 IST

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Minister for overseas affairs, Vayalar Ravi, and minister for rural development Ramesh today denied writing any letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi offering to quit and work for party.

Speculation was rife on Tuesday about possible changes in the government and the Congress with some ministers reportedly writing to Gandhi of their intention to work for the party.

Media was abuzz with reports that at least four ministers -- Ramesh, Salman Khurshid, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ravi -- have offered to quit the government and work for the party.

Azad is already AICC general secretary.

However, Ravi denied having written any such letter and said he was happy in the job he was doing.

"I have never written any letter," he said, adding he had been asked to look after Andhra Pradesh affairs as Azad could not go there.

Rejecting speculation that he has offerred to step down as minister to work for the party, Ramesh too said he has not written any such letter to the Congress President.

"I have written no such letters," Ramesh told PTI.

He was dismissive about media reports which suggested that he had written such a letter, saying these were "not worth commenting on".

Meanwhile, a senior Congress leader scoffed at the reports and termed them as baseless.

But fuelling speculation, Ramesh and Khurshid met Gandhi at her residence this evening. There was no official word on what they discussed.

Sources said Khurshid, who holds law and minority affairs portfolios, had written to Gandhi just after the Uttar Pradesh assembly election results last month, explaining the scene after the party's drubbing.

In that context, the senior Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh is believed to have offered to give up his ministerial posts and work for the party.

Interestingly, Gandhi held talks with top party brass including Pranab Mukherjee, AK Antony, P Chidambaram and Ahmed Patel. Pawan Kumar Bansal and V Narayanasamy were also present.

Party sources feel that any change in the government and the organisation could come about after the current Parliament session by which time the report of Antony committee on the election reverses in UP, Punjab and Goa is expected.