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BJP Chief Writes to Guv on Gehlot Govt’s Appointment of Adviser to CM, Parliamentary Secretaries

Deputy Chief of Opposition in Rajasthan Rajendra Rathore has written to Governor Kalraj Mishra, claiming that the state authorities is making an attempt to nominate extra MLAs to the posts of adviser to the chief minister and as parliamentary secretaries than the set constitutional restrict. In his letter to the governor, the BJP chief stated that the state authorities has already given workplace of revenue to 6 MLAs by appointing them as advisers to the chief minister on par with cupboard or minister of state rank. That is unconstitutional, Rathore claimed. He additionally claimed that there are plans to nominate a dozen parliamentary secretaries on par with cupboard and minister of state rank.

These appointments of advisers and parliamentary secretaires violate the constitutional norm that “the variety of ministers within the authorities will be as much as 15 per cent of the entire meeting seats”, Rathore said. There are 200 assembly seats in Rajasthan. He alleged that the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in the state was intending to do so to please dissatisfied MLAs. Rathore’s remarks come in the backdrop of the expansion of the Gehlot cabinet in which many Congress and independent MLAs, who were expecting ministerial berths, were not accommodated.

These legislators would be adjusted through political appointments such as parliamentary secretaries and advisers, sources had said on Sunday, when 15 new ministers were sworn in. “The number of ministers in the government can be up to 15 per cent of the total assembly seats according to the Constitution and it (state government) is trying to please the dissatisfied MLAs by giving them office of profit by appointing them as advisers and parliamentary secretaries, which is illegal and unconstitutional,” he stated in his letter.

Citing Articles 164 (1A), 191 (1) (A) and 246 of the Structure and a Supreme Court docket determination, Rathore stated that appointment of parliamentary secretaries and advisers is clearly outlined. On the appointment of six MLAs as advisers to the chief minister, Rathore was referring to the appointment of three Congress and as many unbiased MLAs to the publish after the Cupboard enlargement on Sunday In his letter, Rathore stated that the Congress has been going through infighting because it got here to energy in Rajasthan and now by going above the restrict outlined within the Structure, is making an attempt to please dissatisfied legislators by giving them appointments of parliamentary secretaries and advisers. “We demand that the governor cancel appointment of advisers to the chief minister and bind the state authorities to not appoint parliamentary secretaries,” Rathore said. Those appointed advisers are — Congress MLAs Jitendra Singh, Rajkumar Sharma and Danish Abrar, and independent MLAs Babu Lal Nagar, Sanyam Lodha and Ramkesh Meena, according to a list of the chief minister’s office.

The Congress has 108 MLAs in the 200-member assembly. It also has the support of 12 out of 13 independent MLAs. With the induction of 12 new ministers and elevation of three ministers from MoS to cabinet rank, the number of the ministry now has 30 members, the maximum possible for Rajasthan.

The council of ministers has 19 cabinet ministers and 10 ministers of state, apart from the chief minister.

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