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I will not resign: Natwar Singh

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | December 04, 2005 19:23 IST

Former external affairs minister Natwar Singh has categorically stated that he has no plans toresign from the Union council of ministers, following disclosures made by Aneil Mathrani, former Indian Ambassador to Croatia in an interview to India Todayon Natwar's alleged involvement in Iraq's Oilfor Food programme.

In a statement released to the mediaby his office, Natwar claimed that Mathrani's statementswere incorrect, totally false and malicious.

He also made it clear that if he resigned from the Union council of ministers then it would beseen asacknowledging a sense of guilt by those who have been crying for his head, particularly the Bhartiya Janata Party.

His son Jagat Singh had indicated that his father is being deliberately being targetted and there is a deep rooted conspiracy to defame Natwar and Jagat, in particular.

According to Congress sources, Natwar's refusal to resign suits the party, as he is acting as a shield for Sonia Gandhi, who could be targetted in case he bows out.

Natwar had a 40-minute meeting with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Saturday evening and explained that he was totally innocent. He saidhe had not benefitted in any manner from the oil deal nor has he been a non-contractual beneficary as has been alleged in the Paul Volcker report released by the United Nations.

Complete coverage: The Volcker report

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Dec 4 Notorious Singh as the name suggests need not resign at all. After all there are several criminals like Shibu Soren, Lalu, Jayalalitha, Karunanidhi ...

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This is the same Jagat Singh who was accused of killing his ex-wife Natasha Singh. This is the same Jagat Singh whose goons beat up ...

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