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Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit Gave Resignation to the President

Utkarsh Classes 05-02-2024
Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit Gave Resignation to the President State news 4 min read

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Administrator of Union Territory Chandigarh has resigned from his post. The Governor met the President and expressed his desire to step down.

About Governor Banwarilal Purohit

  • In August 2021, Purohit was appointed as the acting Governor of Punjab.
  • Appointed as the Governor of Tamil Nadu on 30 September 2017, he assumed office on 6 October 2017.
  • He was appointed as the Governor of the state of Assam by the President of India on 17 August 2016.
  • He has been a Member of Parliament from Nagpur (Lok Sabha constituency) thrice, twice as an Indian National Congress member, once as a BJP member.
  • Purohit is a senior political personality who has largely shaped public affairs for the last four decades.
  • Purohit is a three-time Lok Sabha member from Nagpur and managing editor of 'The Hitavada', Central India's oldest and most widely circulated English daily for the last hundred years.

About the post of Governor 

  • Part VI of the Indian Constitution, Articles 153-167, outlines the state executive which comprises of the Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers, and the Advocate General of the state.
  • The Constitution of India envisages the same pattern of government in the states as the Centre, i.e. a parliamentary system.
  • Thus, there is no office of Lieutenant Governor (in a state) similar to that of the Vice President at the Centre.
  • The Governor is the chief executive head of the state. But, like the President, he is the nominal executive head (nominal or constitutional head).
  • The Governor has a dual role as both the head of the state and the representative of the Central Government.
  • Normally, there is one Governor for each state, but the 7th Constitutional Amendment Act of 1956 facilitated the appointment of a single person as Governor for two or more states

Removal or Resignation

  • A Governor serves a term of five years from assuming office.
  • However, this tenure of five years depends on the wishes of the President. 
  • Further, he may resign at any time by addressing a resignation letter to the President.
  • The President can transfer the Governor appointed in one state to another state for the remaining period of his term.
  • The Supreme Court said that the President's wish is not appropriate.

Tenure

  • The Governor has no fixed term of office and no security of tenure and the President can remove him at any time.
  • There is no ground mentioned in the Constitution on the basis of which the Governor can be removed by the President.
  • A Governor may continue in office beyond his five-year term until his successor assumes office. The underlying idea is that the state must have one Governor and there cannot be any gap.

FAQ

Answer: Banwarilal Purohit

Answer: 7th Constitutional Amendment Act

Answer: To the President of India

Answer: Articles 153 to 167 in Part VI
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