Recently, Kerala's governor threatened to sack ministers.
Can he really do that without the CM's "advice"?
I have this doubt because office of the governor is not a democratically elected position, a governor is supposed to be a figurehead (like a constitutional monarch). If he has such sweeping powers, that's weird.
Article 164 of the Constitution of India says:
the Ministers (in the state council of ministers) shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor
But before that it says:
The Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister
Also, a minister is responsible to the assembly and not the governor:
The Council of Ministers shall be collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly of the State.
An alternative could be "Governor sacks ministers; CM asks governor to re-appoint them" - but this could lead to a deadlock if carried on in an infinite loop.
In case it is ambiguous in the constitution/law itself, is there any precedent set by any previous governor, President, or the Supreme Court in this matter? Or, what do other federal countries do in such cases?