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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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Appointment of a Chief Minister 1

Appointment of a Chief Minister 1

(p.240) 39 Appointment of a Chief Minister1

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter discusses the designation of a chief minister by the Governor when the current chief minister passes away. Governor S. L. Khurana had to decide on the right course of action when M.G. Ramachandran the head of government died in office. He swears in the most senior cabinet member as acting head of government and waits for the election of the leader of the ruling party. This was as per established norms. A problem arose when the party itself split into fractions. The Governor received a communication from Mrs Ramachandran that Members of the Legislative Assembly supported her and elected her as leader. The Governor duly initiated her to prove her majority in the assembly. However it was difficult to understand the governor's step when he allowed Mrs. Ramachandran 'sufficient opportunity' to prove her majority in the house. It is also noted that no head of state has the right to ask for an absolute majority.

Keywords:   chief minister, S. L. Khurana, Janaki Ramachandran, Members of the Legislative Assembly, government, house

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