Former Indian Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, who resigned last week to be replaced by the oil minister, denied being pushed aside because of opposition from industry to project delays, the Times of India reported.
“No projects have been put on hold. No projects at all,” Natarajan told the Times in an interview published today. “I quit the government for party work. No other reasons.”
Local news reports have suggested she was asked to quit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh following industry pressure. The government handed responsibility for the environment to Oil Minister Veerappa Moily, who will maintain both portfolios.
Natarajan, who raised India’s profile at global climate negotiations defending the position of developing nations in talks with richer countries, will work for the ruling Congress party before an election next year, the Times reported.
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