Congress quashes report of Ambika Soni's resignation

| Updated: Jul 21, 2017 23:35 IST

New Delhi [India], July 21 (ANI): The Congress party on Friday refuted reports of senior Congress leader Ambika Soni had resigned. "Ambika Soni is seasoned experienced and capable leader of the party. We completely quash the planted news of her resignation. Party will always continue to utilize her experience," Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala told ANI. Surjewala further said that Soni had only requested the leadership to lighten duties citing her health issues. Earlier in the day, it was reported that Soni had resigned from all party posts. "I've requested the leadership to relieve me as in-charge of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh due to health reasons," Soni told ANI. However, there has been no official word from the party yet. In her political career spanning over 50 years, Soni has held various posts. From 2006 to 2009, Soni served as the Minister of Tourism and Minister of Culture. She held the portfolio of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry from 2009 to 2012. She was re-elected to Rajya Sabha in July 2010. (ANI)