Appointment of a Prime Minister: President Shankar Dayal Sharma's Lapse<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI:
Appointment of a Prime Minister: President Shankar Dayal Sharma's Lapse1

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This chapter focuses on Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma's appointment of the BJP leader Atal Behari Vajpayee as prime minister on 15 May. It analyses British authorities opinion on the matter of appointing a prime minister, and feels that the decision was the product of a grossly misinformed understanding of the relevant constitutional conventions of the parliamentary system. This chapter first considers the rules of constitutional law applicable to the situation before turning to the record of the events from 10 to 15 May 1996.

Keywords: Shankar Dayal Sharma; president; Atal Behari Vajpayee; prime minister; parliamentary system; constitutional law

Chapter.  2195 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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