Chapter

Renewing President's Rule<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/9780195678291.003.0059
Renewing President's Rule1

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This chapter discusses the situation in which president's rule was renewed in Uttar Pradesh in October 1996. There is one sure test for judging the integrity and soundness of Governor Romesh Bhandari's report and the government of India's decision to impose president's rule in UP on 17 October 1996. Were similar configurations of political parties to arise in the Lok Sabha after a general election, which of the imperfect options available could the president legitimately take considering that with regard to the appointment of the head of the government and the dissolution of the legislature 'the position of the governors is exactly the same as the position of the president'. In UP, the option of president's rule was constitutionally not available on 17 October either. President's rule was proclaimed in the State on 18 October 1995. It could not be extended beyond a year whether directly or deviously by revoking the old proclamation and issuing a new one.

Keywords: president's rule; Indian Constitution; Governor Romesh Bhandari; constitutional crisis

Chapter.  4792 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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