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...