Explained: What is Article 356 of the Indian Constitution

New Delhi, May 05: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday alleging “widespread violence” in the aftermath of assembly polls in West Bengal and sought imposition of President’s rule, deployment of central forces and a probe by a retired apex court judge into the “targeted pogrom”.

Earlier in the day, senior advocate and BJP’s national spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia also moved the top court seeking CBI probe into violent incidents in the state during and after the poll process.

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Why there is nothing un-constitutional about Governor’s decision to recommend President’s rule in Maharashtra

uddhav-koshyariWhile President’s rule has been imposed in Maharashtra, many have questioned the decision of the Governor. However, the Governor has strictly played by the rules as listed under Article 356.

The Shiv Sena has moved the Supreme Court stating that it was not given sufficient time to form the government. In its plea it said that the BJP was given 48 hours time as opposed to the 24 hours granted to it.

The fact is that the Shiv Sena had the option to approach the Governor and stake claim to form the government the day the results of the Maharashtra Assembly elections were announced on October 24, 2019. There is no hard and fast rule that the Shiv Sena had to wait for an invitation from the Governor.

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Karnataka: How many times has state been under President’s rule, Article 356 explained

karnataka assemblyNew Delhi, July 19: There is a crisis in Karnataka and the Governor of the state has in the past 12 hours issued two deadlines for the government to prove its majority.

In the wake of these developments, while the coalition debates the role of a Governor in the proceedings of the legislature, Raj Bhavan has dashed off a report to the Centre about the happenings in the state.

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