President’s Rule is Not an Option in Manipur

MHA Union Home Minister said that imposing President’s Rule in Manipur was not an option, and that the situation would soon return to normal.

What exactly is President Rule?

  • Article 356 of the Indian Constitution, sometimes known as President’s government, gives the President the authority to impose central government in a state if the constitutional system has failed.
  • While it was originally designed for unusual circumstances, central governments have frequently utilised it for political ends.

Article 356 Provisions:

  • Imposition of President’s Rule: Article 356 authorises the President to withdraw a state government’s administrative and legislative powers when it is unable to function in conformity with the Constitution.
  • Triggering factors: The President may invoke Article 356 based on a report from the Governor or on his own initiative if the state’s constitutional apparatus has broken down.
  • It can be imposed for six months at a time and for a maximum of three years.
  • Parliamentary permission is necessary every six months to continue the imposition of President’s Rule.

Historical Background

  • The following is an excerpt from the Government of India Act of 1935: Section 93 of this legislation inspired Article 356, which permitted the Governor of a province to assume the powers of the government in certain circumstances.
  • Controlled democracy: The clause gave provincial governments some autonomy while allowing British authorities to take ultimate control when necessary.

Political Misapplication of Article 356

  • Early examples: During Congress’ supremacy, Article 356 was utilised against Left-wing governments and regional parties in states. It was used six times by Jawaharlal Nehru’s government till 1959, including to depose Kerala’s elected communist government.
  • In ensuing decades, numerous central governments, especially those led by Indira Gandhi and the Janata Party, repeatedly utilised Article 356 against state governments.

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