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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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Dismissing a Chief Minister: The Gujarat Case 1

Dismissing a Chief Minister: The Gujarat Case 1

(p.340) 53 Dismissing a Chief Minister: The Gujarat Case1

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter discusses the dismissal of the Suresh Mehta government in Gujarat in 1996, and the role of the governor, the speaker and the deputy speaker on addressing the Gujarat case. On 18 August 1996, the Governor of Gujarat, Mr Krishanpal Singh, received a memo signed by 46 Members of the Legislative Assembly expressing want of confidence in the Suresh Mehta ministry. The memo was sent by the governor to the assembly secretariat for verification. The speaker reported that 18 members had signed under duress. In the meantime, Mr Vaghela formed a party, which eventually merged with the Gujarat Janata Party. The deputy speaker quickly recognized the newly formed Mahagujarat Janata Party and adjourned the assembly. The chief minister's advice to the governor to initiate a no-confidence motion against the deputy speaker was unconditionally rejected. The chapter analyses all the issues in the light of constitutional low and points out the errors in some of the key steps taken to resolve the crisis.

Keywords:   Gujarat, Krishanpal Singh, chief minister, governor, deputy speaker, no-confidence motion

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