New Delhi, Oct 27 (ANI): Outgoing Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna today said that the "flavour of the season was young blood" and he did not want to stand in the way of change.
The Indian government is all set to undergo a major revamp, as foreign minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna and other senior cabinet ministers tendered their resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.
Others to give up their ministerial posts were Information and Broadcasting minister, Ambika Soni, social justice and empowerment minister, Mukul Wasnik and minister for tourism, Subodh Kant Sahai.
According to media reports, federal urban development minister and Congress party Kamal Nath was set to be given the added responsibility of parliamentary affairs.
"I have tendered my resignation to the ministry and the whole idea behind the resignation is, the flavour of the season is that youngsters must take over the reins and responsibility," said Krishna.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi met President Pranab Mukherjee on October 16, and speculation was rife that the two leaders may have discussed plans for a reshuffle of the cabinet with the latter.
There was speculation about the rejigging the Cabinet because many berths in the cabinet were left vacant in wake of the resignation of Trinamool Congress and DMK representatives.
Outgoing information and broadcasting minister, Ambika Soni, while speaking to reporters after meeting Prime Minister said that she had taken his permission to submit her resignation and also gave the reason for the same.
"I have taken the permission of the Prime Minister to resign and now I can tender my resignation. It would not have been nice if I would have directly handed over my resignation to the Prime Minister. Hence, I have taken his permission and explained the reason for the resignation," said Soni.
Another minister to submit his papers was minister for tourism, Subodh Kant Sahai.
He said that there was no bigger honour than to serve his party.
"If the party chief and other senior leaders ask you to step down and work for the party, then there is no bigger honour. The party forms the government; the government does not form a party," said Sahai.
Among the young ministers, Sachin Pilot, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Jitin Prasada may get promoted to Cabinet rank or get independent charge as Ministers of State. (ANI)