President approves dissolution of Andhra Pradesh assembly

President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent for dissolution of the Andhra Pradesh assembly and a fresh proclamation for central rule in Andhra Pradesh.

[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]Why President’s rule was imposed in AP?

President’s rule was imposed in Andhra Pradesh on March 1, 2014 after CM of the state N. Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned following the clearance of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill by the Indian Parliament. The Bill is meant to carve out a separate Telangana State.

The Union Cabinet had suggested dissolution of the state assembly and proclamation of the president’s rule there beyond April 30, 2014, circumventing the need for calling a special session of Parliament to ratify the proclamation.

[icon name=”icon-eye-open”]The step will buy Centre two more months before approaching Parliament for the mandatory ratification of president’s rule in the state. Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh are being conducted along with the Lok Sabha elections. 

[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]What does Article 356 of the Constitution of India says on this?

As per the Clause 3 of Article 356 of Constitution of India, a proclamation imposing central rule needs to be ratified by the Parliament within 2 months and shall cease to operate at the expiration of 2 months if it is not approved by both Houses of Parliament during this period.

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