Newly elected Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio is awaiting the return of State’s advocate general from New Delhi before appointment of advisors.
The advocate general is expected to return on Wednesday.
The Cabinet meeting held on Monday, it is learnt, was inconclusive on the appointment of advisors owing to the July 26, 2017 Supreme Court order.
It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court had on July 26, 2017 struck down the Assam Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004, noting that Article 194 of the Constitution ‘does not expressly authorize the State Legislature to create offices such as the one in question’.
The Supreme Court order has kept in abeyance the issue of appointment of advisors to the Nagaland Government since the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government led by Neiphiu Rio was sworn in 14 days back.
Sources hinted an arrangement could be arrived at by way of appointing advisers sans portfolio or executive powers.
However, it might invite the ire of other MLAs in the ruling coalition and hence the Chief Minister is in a fix over the whole matter.
Any wrong move on the part of Rio will also give the opposition to pounce upon the newly formed PDA government in the State.