Rajasthan Minister sacked for President slur

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.

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 12:25 PM IST

Jaipur: Rajasthan Minister Ameen Khan,
whose remarks on President Pratibha Patil triggered a controversy, Thursday submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

"Ameen Khan has quit his post and his resignation has been forwarded to Governor Shivraj Patil for acceptance,"
Gehlot told reporters in New Delhi.

Gehlot said the dignity of the post of the President should be respected by everyone.

Sources said Gehlot had asked Khan, the 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.

Union Surface Transport Minister C P Joshi, who is
also Rajasthan PCC chief, spoke in a similar vein.

Khan had created a furore by his remarks that Patil
was "rewarded" with the post of President for her loyalty to
the Gandhi family.

Gehlot had discussed the issue with Congress President
Sonia Gandhi`s Political Secretary Ahmed Patel and Union
Minister Mukul Wasnik in-charge 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.

A section of the local media quoted Khan as having
told the party workers that Patil was so dedicated that "she
used to make tea and cook food at Indira Gandhi`s residence"
and due to her honesty, devotion and loyalty, she is now the
President.

Khan, however, denied having said so.
Khan told reporters at his residence in Jaipur that he
did not intend to insult the President and just gave an example of loyalty.
"I just gave an example of loyalty and did not intend
to make any comment on the President. I said that she was a
committed and simple worker," he said.

PTI