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When Can a Budget be Deferred and When Should Parliament be Dissolved?<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0012
When Can a Budget be Deferred and When Should Parliament be Dissolved?1

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This chapter discusses the pertinent provisions of the Constitution which show precisely in what circumstances a budget can be deferred. It then demonstrates how these provisions would be perverted if Prime Minister Chandra Sekhar went ahead with the plan to present a budget in May or early June. It argues that the present Lok Sabha has been denuded of usefulness and viability, ceasing to serve as a source of democratic legitimacy or political stability for any government. The government's inability to present a budget to parliament is also an acknowledgement of its lack of parliamentary support, itself a ground for its resignation.

Keywords: Constitution of India; budget; parliament; vote on account; Prime Minister

Chapter.  2069 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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