The Cauvery politics took a new turn with Kannada actor-turned-politician
M H Ambareesh resigning as union minister of state for
information and broadcasting. He also quit his Lok Sabha
seat in protest against the Cauvery tribunal award.
56, who represented Mandya in the Cauvery basin for the
third time in the Lok Sabha, had been inducted into the
government only a few months ago.
have faxed my resignation letter to prime minister Manmohan
Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and to speaker
Somnath Chatterjee this afternoon from here", he
said he had outlined the reasons that prompted him to
quit in the wake of Cauvery tribunal''s final verdict,
adding that he would announce future plans on joining
the ongoing Cauvery agitation in a day or two.
is the second time a union minister resigned over the
after the late Vazhapadi Ramamurthy, who was labour minister
in P V Narasimha Rao government, in the early 1990s.
resigned from the government protesting against the Cauvery
tribunal''s interim award complaining it was not enough.