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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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The Centre's Fact-finding Teams in the States 1

The Centre's Fact-finding Teams in the States 1

(p.281) 46 The Centre's Fact-finding Teams in the States1

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter discusses the fact-finding teams that the BJP-dominated government at the Centre sent to states ruled by other parties. The Rapid Action Force (RAF)'s specific task was to assist in quelling communal riots where central help became necessary. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-dominated government at the Centre needs to be reminded of its stand on the RAF as it faces pressures from its partners in the rag-tag and bobtail alliance. The BJP regime has arrogated to itself the right to monitor the 'law and order situation in the states'. Constitutionally, the Centre has no business sending investigative teams at all. Governments are creatures of the constitution and must act within the limits it prescribes. Central forces are sent to aid a state government. No administrative practice can override the constitution.

Keywords:   state government, Rapid Action Force, Centre, Bharatiya Janata Party, constitution, law, order situation

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