30 September, 2020

In A Hung Parliament, Who Can Be India's Next Prime Minister? Here Are Some Possibilities

With talk of a hung Parliament doing the rounds, who will be India's next Prime Minister? Former secretary-general of the Lok Sabha Subhash C Kashyap tells Puneet Nicholas Yadav the options the President of India have

In A Hung Parliament, Who Can Be India's Next Prime Minister? Here Are Some Possibilities
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2019-05-17T11:24:59+05:30

Subhash C. Kashyap, former secretary-general of the Lok Sabha, speaks to Outlook’s Puneet Nicholas Yadav

If the Lok Sabha results throw up a fractured mandate, what options do the President have while inviting a leader to take oath as prime minister?

As per the Cons­ti­tution, the President can literally appoint anybody as PM but there is a subsequent clause of Article 175 which says that the council of ministers, with the prime minister as its head, should be res­ponsible to the House of the People (Lok Sabha). The President is expe­cted to appoint only such a person who, in his discretion, will command support of the majority in the LS.

Is the President bound to invite the single largest party first or can a leader of the largest pre-poll alliance or a post-poll alliance be given preference?

There have been different views, different precedents. The Sarkaria Commission had pointed out the advisability of first inviting the leader of a pre-poll...

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