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Former Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar Resigns From Congress

On Tuesday, former Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar tendered his resignation from Congress, ending his long affiliation with the party.

The 69-year-old Ashwani has served as one of the youngest Additional Solicitor General of India. He was also a Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab state and held numerous positions in the last UPA government.

Ashwani Kumar was the Minister of Law and Justice from October 212 – May 2013. In between January 2011 and May 2012, he was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Earth Scinces, and Ministry of Science and Technology. He was also held served as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs from January – July 2011.

Ashwani Kumar has also held Congress’ national spokesperson and chairman of its Vichar Vibhag.

As a legal counsel, Ashwani Kumar has argued several important cases before the Supreme Court of India, including the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. He has also represented major corporations in international arbitrations. Since 2002, Ashwani KUmar has been a member of Rajya Sabha.