New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna resigned Friday, two days ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle, triggering speculation about his successor to the key position.
Krishna, 80, a Congress stalwart and a former chief minister of Karnataka, sent his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said an official in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
The cabinet reshuffle is expected around 10 a.m. on Sunday before Manmohan Singh leaves for Himachal Pradesh.
Krishna was appointed India’s foreign minister after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) returned to power in May 2009.
Krishna, sources said, may be given charge of reviving the Congress party in Karanata ahead of the assembly elections in the state.
Krishna’s resignation has fuelled speculation about his likely successor.
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, also a former minister of state for external affairs, is widely considered the front-runner for the prized post.
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and Shashi Tharoor, a Congress MP from Kerala and a former minister of state for external affairs, are among other names doing the rounds for this key position.