December 8, 2022

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Rajasthan Chief Minister: My Advisers Won’t Get Ministerial Status or Benefits

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A controversy has erupted in Rajasthan over the appointment of six MLAs as advisors to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

A controversy has erupted in Rajasthan over the appointment of six MLAs as advisors to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Governor Kalraj Mishra has sought a reply from the state government in this regard. At the same time, while talking to the media on Sunday, Gehlot said that I can make anyone an advisor. No one can ask them for this. We have not issued orders to give any status to anyone. I am only taking advice and what am I doing. He said that Parliamentary Secretaries have also been made before, but after the order of the Supreme Court, they are not given the status of Minister of State. We are running the government. We are aware of what the Supreme Court has said regarding office of profit for MLAs and what decisions have been taken in other states. I can make any MP, MLA and litterateur an advisor. Gehlot said that it is incomprehensible that it is being made an issue. Gehlot said that we know who comes in the office of profit. We have not given any status to consultants.

Will go to court: Rajendra Rathod

On the other hand, BJP Legislature Party deputy leader Rajendra Rathod said that he will go to court regarding this issue. It is clear from the statement of the CM that he has made an advisor to stop the dissent of the MLAs. Now Parliamentary Secretary is about to be made. He is doing this to save the government which is battling infighting. Rathod said that the government is clearly violating the provisions given in section 5(1)(c) of the Official Secret Act, 1923. According to these provisions, no person or officer has any right to keep confidential information relating to the State without any jurisdiction. He said that the statement given by the CM on Sunday made it clear that no letter would be sent to the advisors by the government. Advisor has been made to please the MLAs. It is noteworthy that the CM had appointed Congress MLAs Rajkumar Sharma, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Danish Abrar, Independent MLAs Ramkesh Meena, Babulal Nagar and Sanyam Lodha as his advisors. On this, Rathore wrote a letter to the Governor, saying that the appointment was against the rules. On his letter, the governor has sought a response from the government.

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