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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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Chief Ministers: An Endangered Species? 1

Chief Ministers: An Endangered Species? 1

(p.245) 40 Chief Ministers: An Endangered Species?1

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter discusses whether chief ministers are an endangered species – a tribe subject to pressures from their central leadership as well as the Indian government. The chief minister, even at the best of times, wields less power than that envisaged for him/her by the framers of the Constitution. This is partly due to the aggrandizing tendency of the centre. It is also due to the undemocractic practice of imposing the will of the party leadership at the centre on the chief minister of states. The status of the chief minister since Independence accurately indicates the quality of parliamentary democracy and of the party system. The problem is compounded by the governors of states as they often act according to the suggestions of the ruling party at the centre.

Keywords:   chief ministers, Indian government, Party leadership, Constitution, parliamentary democracy, party system, state party

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