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Soni turns down offer of ministerial berth

May 22, 2004 15:46 IST

Emulating Congress president Sonia Gandhi, All India Congress Committee general secretary Ambika Soni on Saturday turned down an offer of a ministerial berth in the Manmohan Singh government, saying she would like to work with the motto of "selflessness and service to the nation."

In a letter to Gandhi, Soni said: "Today you have asked me to serve as a member in the council of ministers of the Government of India. A singular honour for every political worker. But I am also one of those who have been inspired by your unique example.

"Allow me to emulate you. I too would like to work with your motto of selflessness and service to the nation above everything else," she said.

"Therefore, in all humility I request you to ask the prime minister not to include me in his Cabinet. My close association with you is very valuable to me and I cherish it," Soni added.

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Sub: Ministerial berth for Soni

In the scramble for a ministerial berth, to day, we are witnessing very ugly seen. The objectives of our politicians are immensely exposed when they ...

Posted by raphael sebastian

Sub: good example

Its really a good example set up by Mrs.Ambika Soni .When there are lot of debate over the allies over the ministers post . Allies ...

Posted by kamalesh

Sub: Ambika Soni's refusal to Cabinet Berth

Refusal of a cabinet berth can't be equated with selflessness.If the person is sincere and honest, he or she should accept responsibility,work extremely hard with ...

Posted by Bandla Srinivas

Sub: Soni's denial

Really great example after Mrs Gandhi's denial. Its a spirit of a oldest political organisation otherwise if it is BJP, no one will deny, even ...

Posted by RK DANGI


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