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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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The President and the Governors 1

The President and the Governors 1

(p.38) 5 The President and the Governors1

A.G. Noorani

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On 30 December 1948, Dr B. R. Ambedkar, Chairman of the drafting committee, authoritatively declared in the Constituent Assembly that the position of the Governor is exactly the same as the position of the president. Dr Ambedkar statement dispelled the impression that as constitutional head of state the governor enjoys greater powers vis-à-vis the State government than the president does vis-à-vis the council of ministers at the Centre. The Supreme Court has also upheld Dr Ambedkar's exposition. This chapter suggests that this fundamental principle should be asserted every time a politician of the ruling party, who after being made a governor proceeds to misbehave with the State government in order to keep his masters at the Centre happy. The constitutional provisions that give the president power to dismiss governors are also discussed here.

Keywords:   president, governors, B. R. Ambedkar, Constitution, Supreme Court

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