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In view of the multiple political parties with different ideology and a charged political environment in the recent past, a relook into the appointment, powers and functions of the Governor under the Indian constitution is the need of the hour. Examine.

Topic: Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

3. In view of the multiple political parties with different ideology and a charged political environment in the recent past, a relook into the appointment, powers and functions of the Governor under the Indian constitution is the need of the hour. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

The West Bengal legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed the West Bengal Private University Laws Amendment Bill 2022. The Act replaces the Governor with the state’s Education Minister as a Visitor of private universities. There was no voting as BJP had walked out.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the various issues between the governor and state’s elected executive and steps needed to ensure a harmonious relations between the both.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing role of the governor in legislative process of the state.

Body:

First, write about the increasing politicization of the post of Governor and him/her acting as the ‘agent of centre’ and various responses of the state government to it. Mention the recent examples of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

Next, write about the relook that is required in the appointment and powers of the governor vis-à-vis the state executive. Substantiate by citing various committees.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward in order to resolve the tussle between legislature and governor.