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Explain the roles and responsibilities of the Vice-President of India. How can the Vice-President play a role forging better ties between the opposition and the executive?

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government;

4. Explain the roles and responsibilities of the Vice-President of India. How can the Vice-President play a role forging better ties between the opposition and the executive?  (250 words).

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The HinduInsights on India

Why the question:

Jagdeep Dhankhar will take oath as the 14th Vice-President of the country on Thursday, a day after the term of the incumbent Vice-President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, ends.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the function of Vice-President of India and how he can play a role in forging better ties with opposition and the executive.

Directive word: 

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by mentioning about Article 63.

Body:

In the first part, write about the functions of the VP of India in detail – ex-officio chairman of RS, stepping in for president, second highest constitutional office.

Next, write about the ways how the VP can act as a bridge between ensuring smooth relations between the opposition and the executive.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising the importance of VP for the parliamentary democracy.