Vasundhara Raje rejects demand of minister's resignation

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Jaipur, Sep 20 (UNI) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today rejected the opposition Congress' demand of resignation from Minister of State for Irrigation Surendra Singh Rathore in the wake of his conviction in a Mines Safety Act violation case.

Intervening in a discussion during the Zero Hour in the Rajasthan Assembly here today Ms Raje said soon after the pronouncement of verdict against Mr Rathore she had sought opinion of the Advocate General over the issue based on which she had decided that there was no need of any action against her ministerial colleague.

The chief minister told the House that Mr Rathore had offered to resign in the wake of the court verdict but she had rejected his offer.

The issue was raised by Sanyam Lodha and 16 other opposition members during the zero hour.

The members were demanding resignation from Mr Rathore saying that the tainted minister should not be allowed to continue in his office.

Mr Rathore tried to explain his status in the case that the mine was procured by his family in a re-allotment and he was not involved directly in the case.

He alleged that the case against him was filed several months after the incident of mine mishap on the behest of the then Congress Government in 2003 out of political vendetta.

However, the opposition members were not satisfied with Mr explanation. Leader of the opposition Ram Narain Chaudhary and his party colleague CP Joshi demanded statement from the chief minister.

Mr Rathore was convicted and awarded a six month jail term by a Rajsamand district court earlier this month.


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