Kalraj wants to know their legal status: CM’s advisors

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Chief secretary Niranjan Arya (right) with governor Kalraj Mishra in Raj Bhavan on Wednesday

JAIPUR: Governor Kalraj Mishra has asked chief secretary about the constitutional status of the six ‘advisors’ to the chief minister appointed by the state government two days ago.
Deputy leader of opposition Rajendra Rathore had given a memorandum to the governor the other day claiming that the ‘advisor’ post lacks legal backing and unconstitutional as it is an office of profit.
Raj Bhavan sources said the governor had forwarded the memorandum to the chief secretary seeking a clarification.
After the cabinet expansion and reshuffle, CM Ashok Gehlot had appointed six MLAs, including three independents, to contain discontent among the legislators who supported the Congress government during the crisis in July-August last year. These MLAs are Jitendra Singh, Rajkumar Sharma, Danish Abrar and three Independents- Sanyam Lodha, Babulal Nagar and Ramkesh Meena.
The state BJP had strongly objected to the appointment of six media advisors to Gehlot and termed it unconstitutional.
The BJP demanded that the governor cancel appointment of advisors to the chief minister and bind the state government to not appoint parliamentary secretaries.
BJP deputy leader of opposition claimed that these positions are unconstitutional and wrote to Mishra raising issues on the appointments.
Rathore, in fact, has also warned of taking this matter to court. He said the CM had simply distributed posts to please the disgruntled MLAs.
“As per Article 191A of the Constitution, appointing advisors on post for profit without passing a law in the assembly is unconstitutional and such appointments can never be made,” he added.
However, Congress leaders pointed out that the BJP had also the tradition of appointing advisors. During Vasundhara Raje’s time, current tourism minister Vishvendra Singh was appointed as ‘political advisor’ to the chief minister. The chief minister had already two advisors, two retired bureaucrats, Dr Arvind Mayaram and Dr Govind Sharma.


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