NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant from the Union council of ministers with immediate effect, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.
According to the report, Sawant's resignation has been accepted on advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Shri Arvind Ganpat Sawant from the Union Council of Ministers, with immediate effect, under clause (2) of Article 75 of the Constitution," the Rashtrapati Bhawan press release stated.
As advised by the prime minister, the president has directed that Union minister Prakash Javadekar be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in addition to his existing portfolios.
On Monday, Union Heavy Industries Minister and Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant had announced his decision to quit the NDA government at the Centre, saying it would not be proper to continue as a minister when a new government is being formed in Maharashtra.
Addressing a press conference, Sawant accused the BJP of reneging on its promise of equal division of seats and power to the Sena and forcing the Uddhav Thackeray-led party to snap ties.
He alleged that the BJP was resorting to ‘lies’ by denying the agreement reached between the leaders of the two parties before the Assembly elections.
He also accused the BJP of hurting the sentiments of the Shiv Sena and of the Thackeray family.
Sawant also said a new government was in the process of being formed in Maharashtra and it was not proper for him to remain in the Union cabinet and hence he was resigning.
With Agency input
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