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Maharashtra govt plans ‘state guest’ status for Maharashtra BJP chief

The state BJP chief initially denied having demanded any special status from the state, but later said it was possible that the CMO enquired about it on its own.

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Maharashtra BJP chief and former Union minister Raosaheb Danve

The Devendra Fadnavis government in Maharashtra is considering a proposal to accord ‘state guest’ status to Maharashtra BJP chief and former Union minister Raosaheb Danve.

The status, if accorded, will allow Danve to avail himself of the perks and treatment enjoyed by an official state guest.

According to the Maharashtra government rules, the ‘state guest’ status is normally accorded to VVIPs and VIPs who are ‘important’ to the state administration due to the posts they hold.

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A senior government official confirmed that the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) had formally enquired with the protocol department about according the special status to Danve.

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The state BJP chief initially denied having demanded any special status from the state, but later said it was possible that the CMO enquired about it on its own. “We (Fadnavis and him) also had a discussion in this regard a week ago,” he told The Indian Express. Danve added he already enjoyed entitlements as an MP and was not keen on more.

Sources in the BJP, however, said it was Danve’s office that had initiated the request.

While the state government has already drawn up a list of senior state and central functionaries who can avail the special status, norms allow the Chief Minister the discretion to include anyone who does not figure on the list.

Sources, however,  said senior bureaucrats have advised Fadnavis against extending the benefit to Danve calling it unprecedented.

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