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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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Dissolution of the Lok Sabha 1

Dissolution of the Lok Sabha 1

(p.117) 16 Dissolution of the Lok Sabha1

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter focuses on the dilemma of Indian President Shankar Dayal Sharma on whether or not to dissolve the Lok Sabha. It explains that Atal Behari Vajpayee resigned as prime minister after he failed to secure a majority in the Lok Sabha, but he refrained from advising the president to dissolve the Lok Sabha. The chapter also discusses the opinion of India's First Law Minister B. R. Ambedkar on the prerogative of the king or the head of state to dissolve parliament. It explains the pronouncement made by former British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith on this issue and the relevant work of Eugene A. Forsey titled Dissolution of Parliament.

Keywords:   Shankar Dayal Sharma, Lok Sabha, Atal Behari Vajpayee, resignation, prime minister, B. R. Ambedkar, H. H. Asquith, Eugene A. Forsey, Dissolution of Parliament

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