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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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An Irregular Dissolution 1

An Irregular Dissolution 1

(p.125) 18 An Irregular Dissolution1

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter comments on President K. R. Narayanan's decision to dissolve the Lok Sabha on December 4, 1997. It suggests that Narayanan's action showed high sense of presidential accountability to the nation because the Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué clarified that Congress withdrew its support to the United Front (UF) government and planned to form their own government. The chapter argues that UF's political calculations allowed it to avoid the democratic procedure of parliamentary defeat even though the dissolution was approved by all, including the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Keywords:   K.R. Narayanan, Lok Sabha, dissolution, presidential accountability, UF government, parliamentary defeat, Bharatiya Janata Party

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