Prsident Patil accepts resignations of PMK ministersMarch 29th, 2009 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Sunday accepted the resignations of union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and Minister of State for Railways R. Velu, who quit the cabinet after their party PMK walked out of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance.
Acting on the advice of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Patil asked Panabaka Lakshmi to look after the health and family welfare ministry as minister of state - with independent charge, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said.
Lakshmi was serving as minister of state in the health ministry earlier.
Ramadoss and Velu stepped down as ministers Saturday evening, two days after their party decided to switch over to AIADMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
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