Chapter

An Irregular Dissolution<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/9780195678291.003.0028
An Irregular Dissolution1

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This chapter comments on President K. R. Narayanan's decision to dissolve the Lok Sabha on December 4, 1997. It suggests that Narayanan's action showed high sense of presidential accountability to the nation because the Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué clarified that Congress withdrew its support to the United Front (UF) government and planned to form their own government. The chapter argues that UF's political calculations allowed it to avoid the democratic procedure of parliamentary defeat even though the dissolution was approved by all, including the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Keywords: K.R. Narayanan; Lok Sabha; dissolution; presidential accountability; UF government; parliamentary defeat; Bharatiya Janata Party

Chapter.  1785 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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