New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday accepted the resignation of Union Minister S M Krishna, while media reports said his colleagues Ambika Soni and Mukul Wasnik could also step down ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle on Sunday.
Krishna, the External Affairs Minister, had filed his resignation earlier on Friday saying he wanted to give "youngsters" in the government a chance, and is now likely to be given an important position in the Karnataka unit of the Congress party.
"I want youngsters to be given a chance...I am a loyal party worker and I work for the party without any conditions," said Krishna.
The move, that comes before a cabinet reshuffle expected on Sunday morning could also be followed by the exit of Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul Wasnik, who have reportedly offered to resign.
Reports also speculated if Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who was earlier said to have been in line for a "larger role" in the government, could be handed over a key portfolio in the government as a foundation for his touted Prime Ministerial candidacy in 2014 elections.