Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra has sought information from the Chief Secretary about the constitutional status of the advisors to the Chief Minister appointed recently by the state government.
Raj Bhavan sources said that the Governor has sent a memorandum to the Chief Secretary in this regard given by Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Rajendra Rathod and has sought clarification about the constitutional status of these appointments.
Rathore, in his memorandum, called the appointment of advisors to the Chief Minister and the possible appointment of parliamentary secretaries in violation of the provisions of Article 164 (1A), 191 (1) (A) and Article 246 of the Constitution and the decisions of the Supreme Court and half a dozen High Courts. It has been told and said that the state government is appeasing the disgruntled MLAs by doing unconstitutional acts.
He had written a letter to the Rajasthan government demanding that the appointment of advisors to the Chief Minister be canceled with immediate effect and no possible appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.
The state government on Sunday appointed Congress MLAs Dr. Jitendra Singh, Rajkumar Sharma and Danish Abrar and independent MLAs Babulal Nagar, Sanyam Lodha, Ramkesh Meena as advisors to the Chief Minister. The state government is also likely to appoint 15 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.
Earlier, under the reorganization of the Gehlot Council of Ministers, 15 MLAs were sworn in as ministers, in which three sitting ministers were made cabinet ministers from ministers of state. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held the first meeting with these advisors on Wednesday night.
At the same time, Rathod tweeted on Wednesday, “In order to suppress the emerging discontent in the party, contrary to all the provisions of the Constitution, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has obliged and appointed six MLAs as advisors. But according to the provisions, no MLA can be awarded an office of profit.
He wrote, “The Congress government, which is battling with infighting, is trying to please the MLAs by luring them. I would like to thank His Excellency the Governor for taking cognizance of my letter regarding the appointment of advisors to the Chief Minister and possible appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries and sought clarification from the government.