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Congress asks Pratapsingh Rane to ‘gracefully reject’ lifetime cabinet status | Latest News India

PANAJI: The Congress management has requested former Goa chief minister Pratapsingh Rane, who has been bestowed with ‘lifetime cabinet’ status by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) authorities within the state, to “gracefully reject” the publish at the same time as the federal government on Wednesday advised the Bombay excessive court docket that it’ll not appoint any workers to Rane till the court docket adjudicates on the constitutionality of his cabinet status.

“For a man of Shri Pratapsingh Rane’s stature, he should gracefully reject this #Cabinetstatus conferred. Neither does he require it nor will it enhance his status. It sets a bad precedent & I’m sure it’s not permissible as per law. So why suffer the humiliation of a #HC order,” AICC desk in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao mentioned in a tweet.

The Bombay excessive court docket at Goa, which is listening to a petition difficult the constitutional validity of Rane’s cabinet status, declined to immediately keep the notification after the federal government’s assured that it received’t appoint any workers to him till the court docket adjudicates on the constitutional validity of the choice.

The Goa authorities defended the choice saying that the transfer wasn’t an ‘appointment’ however slightly an award to recognise Rane’s contribution to the state over his five-decade lengthy tenure as a legislator. Rane, a nine-time MLA and a six-time chief minister of Goa, was first elected in 1972 and served because the chief minister for 15 years.

“There is a difference between appointing a person to any particular post along with status of the rank of a post, and merely providing equivalence in status and rank. In the present case, Rane has not been appointed to the post of minister or accommodated against any post to enable him to function as a minister. The government has only conferred the status of cabinet minister on Rane and the same has been done only to recognise and honour his lifetime contribution to the state as a legislator having been elected for almost 50 years and for also being the longest serving chief minister of the state for more than 15 years,” undersecretary (personnel), Shripad Arlekar mentioned in an affidavit defending the federal government’s resolution earlier than the court docket.

Lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues approached the excessive court docket difficult the notification which granted him cabinet status for all times, which the activist argued was in violation of constitutional provisions on the variety of cabinet ministers in a state.

The excessive court docket admitted the petition on April 25 and requested the federal government and Rane to file their responses.

Besides an official automotive, residence and free journey, the cabinet status entitles Rane to be entitled to get 18 staffers at his service. These embrace two officers on particular responsibility, one advisor, one undersecretary, two personal secretaries, a personal assistant, three junior assistants, two computer-cum-telephone operators, two drivers and 4 multi-tasking staffers. In addition, he could be additionally entitled to two personal safety officers and 5 policemen at his residence.

Rane himself has refused to be drawn into the legality of the choice saying he left it to the knowledge of the court docket.

“I submit that I have not asked for any such honour, privilege and the same has been bestowed upon me by the state of Goa in its own discretion and wisdom,” Rane mentioned in a reply filed earlier than the excessive court docket.

Rane mentioned that whereas he believed that the choice just isn’t “contrary to law in any manner whatsoever, either as alleged by the petitioner or otherwise” he was “not dealing with the petitioners’ allegations with respect to the legality of the said notification and with all humility, will leave this matter to the Goa government and to the best judgement of the court.”

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