Published On : Mon, Dec 10th, 2012

Nagpur Assembly Session: Opposition questions veracity of Deputy CM’s post

Nagpur News : Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Eknath Khadse has casted aspersions on Ajit Pawar’s chair once again as he questioned the constitutional validity of the post of deputy Chief Minister. He said Pawar has been introduced in the assembly as deputy CM, the post which has no mention in Indian constitution.

Khadse said that the opposition has written to the assembly speaker in which he asked about how the oath could be administered for any post which does not exist in the constitution.

He recalled that when Gopinath Munde took the oath for the same post during BJP-Sena tenure, then NCP had made much hues and cries over the veracity of the post, and took up the matter beforeAurangabadbench of Mumbai High Court. It was then that court ruled that oath could not be administered for deputy CM’s post nor it could be made official signatory. Khadse asked the government whether or not it was willing to abide by the high court’s order.

NCP speaker Nawab Malik defended the post saying that the constitution is above the court of law and the Governor is protector of constitution in any state. The Governor himself had adminstered the oath to Ajit Pawar. He said that even BJP took the opportunity to exercise this provision during its rule.