Haryana government has decided to withdraw the facilities of Cabinet Minister being provided to the ex-Chief Ministers of Haryana at State Headquarters. The decision, taken in this regard by the Haryana cabinet on Friday, is likely to affect only former Chief Minister , Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The decision of cabinet in this regards comes, nearly a week after, senior INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala wrote to Chief Minister Manohar Lal demanding to reverse the decision that was taken by previous Hooda Government.
Another former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala is serving a ten year sentence in Delhi’s Tihar jail in connection with the Teachers’ recruitment scam so this order does not apply to him.
At present, only Hooda is enjoying this privilege and is entitled to have a government residence along with other facilities of government vehicle and staff in Chandigarh. If the status of cabinet rank is revoked, he would only be entitled to the facilities given to an MLA in the state.
According to sources, a number of BJP leaders had expressed their displeasure over the cabinet rank given to Hooda for being former Chief Minister of the state.
It was during his tenure as Chief Minister when Hooda had taken the decision to give cabinet rank to the former Chief Ministers of the state. Hooda has served as Chief Minister of Haryana for 2004 to 2014.
“It was a decision taken at a time when it was clear as daylight that the Congress would be ousted from power by the discerning people if Haryana. Reading the writing on the wall, Hooda had planned a post-Chief Ministerial life in Chandigarh, a city he had got used to during his tenure of ten years,” Chautala had alleged in the letter. Chautala even said that considering the alleged role of Hooda in aiding rioters during Jat quota stir, he does not deserve the cabinet rank.