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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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Selecting a Prime Minister: 1969–1999

Selecting a Prime Minister: 1969–1999

(p.104) 15 Selecting a Prime Minister: 1969–1999

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter addresses four questions. First, what is the proper test for inviting the leader of a party to form a government in a hung parliament? Second what is the nature of proof of fulfilling that test that the president is entitled to ask of him before swearing him in as prime minister? Third is the president entitled, then, also to stipulate that he secure a vote of confidence in the Lok Sabha within a specified period? Lastly, precisely what change of circumstance would warrant the president asking the incumbent prime minister to therefore seek such a vote, once again. The chapter examines the incontrovertible record of 20 years to get to the answers and to distill the rules.

Keywords:   government, hung parliament, president, prime minister, Lok Sabha, appointment

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