What Really is President’s Rule? How does it affect the people of the state?

As even after twenty days after election results, Maharashtra’s unending political crisis has led to the President’s rule. In India, it is the suspension of state government and imposition of direct central government rule in a state.

Let’s see what exactly is the president’s rule.

President’s rule

Article 356 of the Constitution of India gives President of India the power to suspend state government and impose President’s rule of any state in the country if “if he is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the government of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution”.

The central government takes direct control of the state and the governor becomes its constitutional head. Also, there would be no Council of Ministers. The Vidhan Sabha is either dissolved or prorogued.

Even the chief minister’s office will be vacant, compelling the election commission to conduct re-election within six months.

The crisis started after all the three major parties — BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP — didn’t stake claim to form a government, leading the president to impose president’s rule in the state.

How does it affect the people of the state?

While day to day operations of the state will not be affected, the President’s rule would mean that for the next six months no major government decisions will be made. No projects will be sanctioned, and no major policy decisions including subsidies and others will be made — keeping the progress in a can until the next government is formed.

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