An odd situation related to the order of precedence may arise during the swearing-in ceremony of Haryana’s chief minister-designate Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is certain to attend.
An order of precedence is a hierarchical order observed during state functions and other ceremonial occasions. The PM is placed ahead of the governor in this order notified by the union government. Before the governor administers the oath of office and secrecy to the CM, the two arrive in a procession to the venue. This is the convention at Raj Bhawan. “Where does one fit the PM? Since he is higher in seniority to the governor, will he be part of the procession? He will be at the ceremony in his capacity as the PM and not a BJP leader,” an old timer who has attended many similar events raised the question here on Saturday.
Another old timer said the unprecedented presence of the PM at the swearing-in of a chief minister would lead to a breach of protocol. “Will it be appropriate for the PM to sit on the pedestal from where the governor will administer oath to the CM-designate? These finer points need to be addressed,” he said.
The BJP decision to organise a cultural programme before the ceremony is seen a deviation from protocol. “The swearing-in is a formal occasion, and a certain amojnt of solemnity is attached to it. That’s why it is held in Raj Bhawan. The cultural programme is uncalled for,” said an official.