Q. Consider the following statements:
1.Article 164(3) says that the Governor shall administer the oaths of office and secrecy to a Minister before he assumes office.
2.The oaths are prescribed under Schedule II for various constitutional posts.
3.The Constitution provides that the Governor can refuse to administer the oath to any Minister.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
Statement 1 is correct. Article 164(3) says that the Governor shall administer the oaths of office and secrecy to a Minister before he assumes office.
Statement 2 and 3 are incorrect. The oaths are prescribed under Schedule III for various constitutional posts. Article 188 provides for a minister that he should be administered the oath by the Governor or a person appointed on his behalf under Schedule III. Therefore, a Governor cannot refuse to administer oath as it is his constitutional duty. He can appoint someone on his behalf.
Source: The Hindu