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Goa govt not to induct Alina till bypoll: CM

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar announced that he had deferred the induction of Alina Saldanha into state cabinet, thus respecting the Election Commission.

Updated: May 08, 2012, 17:17 PM IST

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday announced that he had deferred the induction of Alina Saldanha into state cabinet, thus respecting the Election Commission.

Parrikar said he was not going ahead with the induction of Alina, wife of former tourism minister Matanhy Saldanha into the state cabinet, although he has a right to do so under Constitution of India.

Alina would be inducted after the June 2 Cortalim bypoll, where she would be contesting on BJP ticket, he said.

The by-poll was necessitated following the demise of Matanhy Saldanha, while he was serving as a tourism minister of the state.

"I have a right under Constitution of India to swear in anyone in the state cabinet. But I have decided not to swear-in any minister till the byelection, as a respect to the Election Commission of India," Parrikar told reporters today at his official residence.

Right to Information (RTI) activist Aires Rodrigues had filed a complaint with the EC against state government`s decision to induct Alina ahead of Cortalim bypoll.
ECI Secretary Bernard John, in a letter to Parrikar last night, said "the commission respects the constitutional right of the chief minister to constitute his cabinet at any time."
“However, in view of the model code of conduct being in force, and the widely prevalent perception that the a prospective candidate is sought to be inducted, the said advisory has been issued by the Election Commission of India to ensure that a level-playing field is maintained in keeping with the spirit of the code," the letter mentioned.

PTI