Foreign Minister Krishna Resigns Ahead of Cabinet Reshuffle

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New Delhi, Oct 26 — External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna resigned Friday, two days ahead of a cabinet reshuffle, triggering speculation about his successor in the key position.

The 80-year-old Krishna, a Congress stalwart and a former chief minister of Karnataka, sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an official in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.

The cabinet reshuffle is expected around 10 a.m. Sunday before Manmohan Singh leaves for Himachal Pradesh to address a poll rally.

The resignation comes at a time when Krishna, along with two former chief ministers, faces a probe by the Karnataka Lokayukta for alleged irregularities in the Bangalore-Mysore expressway project.

Krishna was appointed India’s foreign minister after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) returned to power in May 2009.

Krishna, informed sources said, may be given charge of reviving the Congress party in Karnataka ahead of the assembly elections in the state.

Krishna’s resignation has fuelled speculation about his likely successor.Agencies

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