17 April, 2021

Resigned To The Nitty-Gritty

By getting out of the picture, Murli Deora paves an ‘untainted’ path for his son

Narendra Bisht
Resigned To The Nitty-Gritty

Murli Deora does not count himself among those who read the writing on the wall; that’s elementary. He not only reads but also processes it and takes pre-emptive safeguard action. Deora’s offer to resign from the Union cabinet, inappropriately made to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, is only the latest example of his trademark, smooth politics. He expected to be on the way out in the next reshuffle; walking out was way more honourable given the controversies during his tenure as oil and petroleum minister, a position he held for nearly five years till January this year when he was shifted to the corporate affairs ministry.

Deora’s proximity to the Ambanis has been an open secret for decades; he has rarely been coy about it, even reminiscing in off-guard moments about seeing “the two boys grow”. All that came to roost when the CAG draft report last month all but indicted his tenure for undue favours shown to private operators, including Reliance Industries, in the K-G Basin. Deora appears offended by the CAG...

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