Former CM applauds HC ruling against Government’s CPS appointments
Shimla, October 11
Former Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has lauded the recent High Court order regarding the appointment of Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS) by the government. He stated that the government’s decision to appoint six CPS went against the orders of the Supreme Court, and the Himachal Pradesh High Court rejected the government’s plea to dismiss the petitions filed against these appointments.
The Leader of the Opposition, in a press release, highlighted that the High Court rejected the State Government’s appeal, which argued that the petitions filed by the BJP MLAs against the CPS appointments were not valid during the Sukhu Government’s term.
Jairam Thakur described this as a significant victory for the opposition and a major setback for the government at the outset of the legal battle. He criticized the Chief Minister for receiving misguided advice on this matter, despite having a team of advisors.
He accused Congress leaders of intentionally putting the political futures of their friends at risk. Thakur deemed the High Court’s decision on the maintainability of the court case, which was filed by BJP MLAs, as a blow to the government, stating that the appointment of CPS members is further complicating the political dynamics within the ruling party.
He emphasized that the government’s decision to appoint CPS members was surprising, especially given the clear orders from the apex court.
The Leader of the Opposition revealed that Chief Minister Sukhwinder Sukhu has appointed six CPS members, including Mohan Lal Brakta from Rohru, Sunder Singh Thakur from Kullu, MLA Sanjay Awasthi from Arki, Ram Kumar Chaudhary from Doon, Ashish Butail from Palampur, and Kishori Lal from Baijnath. The government has provided them with various facilities, including offices and vehicles.
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