New Delhi: Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday quit as a minister of state for commerce and power to devote fully to Congress campaign for Lok Sabha elections as part of a strategy drawn up by the party.
54-year-old Ramesh sent in his papers to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
President Pratibha Patil has accepted Ramesh’s resignation.
His action came a day before the concluding session of the Lok Sabha amid expectations in political circles that dates for parliamentary elections would be announced in a week.
Ramesh represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha.
The high profile minister, who was part of the election strategy team of Congress in 2004, told PTI that he has put in his papers to focus on election campaigning.
A student of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai; MIT and Carnegie Mellon University in US, he has been a member of the National Advisory Council headed for some time by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
An AICC Secretary, Ramesh is on the “Future Challenges Group” of the AICC.