Rajasthan Minister asked to quit for his remarks against Patil

Rajasthan Minister Ameen Khan, who has created a controversy by his remarks that Pratibha Patil was "rewarded" with the post of President for her loyalty to the Gandhi family, has been asked to resign.

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 00:44 AM IST

Jaipur: Rajasthan Minister Ameen Khan, who
has created a controversy by his remarks that Pratibha Patil
was "rewarded" with the post of President for her loyalty to
the Gandhi family, has been asked to resign.

Sources said Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot asked Khan,
Minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, to
put in his papers in the wake of the personal remarks made by
him against the President, which he has since denied.

They said Gehlot, who is in Delhi, discussed the issue
with Congress President Sonia Gandhi`s Political Secretary
Ahmed Patel and Union Minister Mukul Wasnik incharge of party
affairs in Rajasthan.

The Chief Minister is also understood to have talked to
the President and expressed regrets over the remarks made by
Khan.

Addressing Congress workers in Pali district on Tuesday,
Khan had reportedly said that Patil did not ask for any
position but was made the President due to her loyalty to
the Gandhi family and cited instances of her association with
Indira Gandhi.

PTI