The chief asked me to interview Mr. V.P. Singh and find out when he was planning to resign next. So, through Mr. Vinod Pandey, I fixed up an interview with Mr. Singh and met him.
Mr. Prime Minister, when are you planning to resign next?" I asked.
Mr. Singh stared at me, his eyes totally bank, then said: "What is this thing called resign that you are talking about! I am not familiar with it."
"Come, come, Mr. Singh, you know what to resign is," I said. "I mean, if you don't know it, then who knows!"
"You are expecting me to know something that I do not know," Mr. Singh said. "I know what the Kashmir problem is, what the Punjab problem is, and I know how to solve them both. I know who took the Bofors money and I am going to establish it within the next month. But I don't know what this resignation is, it was not in our manifesto."
"But you are known to resign, you do it all the time," I said. "You are a master at it."
"Thank you for calling me a master at something, but I will not take credit for something I do not know," he said. "Now, then, can we move on to the next question."
"But this is the main question," I said. "The chief has specifically asked me to question you about when you are going to resign next. You don't have to resign, you understand, you may allow yourself to be persuaded to take place your resignation or use it as a stepping stome to something better."
"I do not know what you are trying to imply," Mr. Singh said. "The obvious position is I cannot do something I do not know."
"But yoy do know," I said. "Look, let me refresh your memory. You resigned as chief minister, you resigned as defence minister, you resigned your Lok Sabha seat, you even threatened to resign when Mr. Devi Lal became a little rebellious. You do remember all that."
"I don't remember anything," he said. "If you say I did all this resigning, then I do not want to deny it, become I don't take congnisance of what people say. But I repeat, I do not know what it is to resign."
So I returned to the office and told the chief: "He has forgotten how to resign. They should have accepted his resignation when he knew how to."