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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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Options in a Hung Lok Sabha

Options in a Hung Lok Sabha

(p.69) 10 Options in a Hung Lok Sabha

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter discusses the possible options before President Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma when a hung Lok Sabha emerged from the general election in 1986. This chapter discusses the rules that emerge from precedents and opinion of authorities the president should follow in such a situation. Among these are that an incumbent prime minister should not be invited to form a government once his party loses its majority in an election even if it emerges as the single largest party; and that the president should, in such a case, invite the next single largest party to form a government.

Keywords:   Shankar Dayal Sharma, President, Prime Minister, Lok Sahba, general election

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