New Delhi. A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court against the appointment of Deputy Chief Ministers appointed in various states.
The petition states that the respective state governments have appointed Deputy Chief Ministers in various states, ignoring the provisions of the Constitution of India and Article 164. Note, the Indian Constitution and Article 164 of the Constitution provide only for the appointment of the Chief Minister.
The petition filed by advocate Mohan Lal Sharma clearly states, “If the said Deputy Chief Minister is appointed, it will have nothing to do with the citizens and the people of the state.”
The petition said that the appointment of Deputy Chief Ministers creates confusion among the public at large and wrong and illegal precedents are being set by political parties by creating fictitious departments. The Deputy Chief Minister cannot take any independent decision. However, the Deputy Chief Minister is shown equal to the Chief Minister.
In this, a demand has been made from the Central Government to take action against such unconstitutional appointments of State Governors who administer oath to the so-called Deputy Chief Ministers in the country.
On February 12, a bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud will hear this petition.