19 September, 2020

The Risk Of A Spoilsport

Raj Bhavan did err, not entirely. But then this wasn’t a first.

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The Risk Of A Spoilsport

The Constitution clearly says the country’s President will appoint the governors. It’s ano­ther matter that the nominal heads some states get can become controversial, leaving the system blemished. After all, whichever party is at the Centre, it tries to appoint its committed party members as state governors.

The governor should be impartial and objective so as to earn people’s faith. The Sarkaria and Venkata­chaliah commissions strongly suggest disqualifying persons from becoming governors if they are active in party politics. But then, quite a few such candidates have functioned impartially in gubernatorial posts, while it’s sometimes an academician or jurist who may act as a crony of his party bosses.

Article 164 says the governor shall appoint the chief minister, and that the appointment of other ministers will be made on the CM’s advice. In the recent case of Karnataka, though, no government was yet appointed; so the governor had to act on his discretion. Article 163(2) categorically provides that a governor’s...



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