Union Cabinet approves L-G proposal for President’s rule in Puducherry

• It was done after Lieutenant-Governor had recommended President’s rule, as no party claimed to form a government following loss of vote of confidence by the previous government.


• President’s Rule under Article 356 refers to the suspension of a state government and the imposition of direct rule of the Centre and the Governor becomes its constitutional head.

• Vidhan Sabha is either dissolved or prorogued and such a situation forces Election Commission to conduct a re-election within 6 months.

• In 1962, after the signing of a treaty with France, territories of Pondicherry, Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam became part of the Indian Union.

• In 1962, Parliament grouped these territories into Union Territory (UT) of Pondicherry, and also inserted a new Article 239A into the Constitution.

• Article 239A enables Parliament to create legislatures for the UTs.

• UT of Puducherry has legislative assembly which can make laws on any subject of the State List and Concurrent List.

• However, Parliament can also make laws on any subject of the three lists (including the State List) for UTs including Puducherry.

• Accordingly, Government of Union Territories Act, 1963 was also enacted for Puducherry.


Mains Paper 2: Polity

Prelims level: President’s rule

Mains level: Provision for President’s rule in India

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