Constitutional provisions regarding Governors of India
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Constitution
- Dr. Kiran Bedi was recently removed as Puducherry Lieutenant Governor.
- Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan has been given additional charge as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
Important value additions
- Article 153: There shall be a Governor for each State.
- One person can be appointed as Governor for two or more States.
- The governor acts in ‘Dual Capacity’ as the Constitutional head of the state and as the representative.
- He acts as a bridge between union and state governments.
- Article 157 and Article 158: Eligibility requirements. A governor must:
- Be a citizen of India.
- Be at least 35 years of age.
- Not be a member of the either house of the parliament or house of the state legislature.
- Not hold any office of profit.
- Term of office : 5 years
- It can be terminated earlier by:
- Dismissal by the President on the advice of the council of ministers.
- Dismissal by the President whose acts are upheld by courts as unconstitutional and malafide.
- Resignation by the governor.