Kalyan Singh, the Governor of Rajasthan may face action for campaigning for PM Modi ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.The Election Commission had assessed that the Rajasthan Governor had violated the rules of his constitutional post, after which President Ram Nath Kovind has sent the file to the government for “necessary action”.
After returning from the international visit, the President had forwarded the letter to the home ministry.
For the first time in independent India, a Governor has been found violating the model code of conduct and campaigning for the Prime Minister. The code, which has been in place since the national election was announced last month, does not apply to constitutional authorities like the governor, but the President’s office had said that “no one in a constitutional post is permitted to campaign” for anyone.
When Kalyan Singh’s comments were reported in the media, the President had made it clear that he disapproved.
The Election Commission’s letter to the President reporting a violation of the poll code by a governor is a serious and rare indictment of a constitutional authority.
According to the sources, the prime minister will have to take a decision on whether the Governor can be removed during the election process.