Chief Ministers: An Endangered Species?<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI:
Chief Ministers: An Endangered Species?1

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This chapter discusses whether chief ministers are an endangered species – a tribe subject to pressures from their central leadership as well as the Indian government. The chief minister, even at the best of times, wields less power than that envisaged for him/her by the framers of the Constitution. This is partly due to the aggrandizing tendency of the centre. It is also due to the undemocractic practice of imposing the will of the party leadership at the centre on the chief minister of states. The status of the chief minister since Independence accurately indicates the quality of parliamentary democracy and of the party system. The problem is compounded by the governors of states as they often act according to the suggestions of the ruling party at the centre.

Keywords: chief ministers; Indian government; Party leadership; Constitution; parliamentary democracy; party system; state party

Chapter.  2180 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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