Sources reveal that Civil Aviation Minister wanted to resign some time back, owing to the additional burden of the overseas affairs portfolio, and disclosure of corruption cases

Even as Ajit Singh waits to be sworn in as the new aviation minister after he was tipped to replace the current Union Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi, rumours are abuzz that Ravi had virtually given up his post approximately five months ago.

Can't take it: Sources said that Vayalar Ravi wanted to resign, but
unable to find a suitable replacement, he stayed on in power. File pic

According to highly placed sources inside the Civil Aviation Ministry, Ravi, who was sworn in as the new minister in January, expressed his desire to discontinue the job as he was burdened after the cabinet expansion in July.

"He did not want to be the head of the aviation ministry as he was also given the additional portfolio of overseas affairs. He conveyed his feelings to the party high command. However, as no takers were found, Ravi was left with no option but to continue as things were," said a source.

The source further added that one of the main reasons Ravi wanted to discontinue working as the head was the number of corruption cases that had emerged during his tenure (including the case of Air India).

When MiD DAY approached the Union Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi, he said, "I don't know anything about it. I am not quitting tomorrow and that's what I know."

Despite repeated calls, Ajit Singh remained unavailable for comment.