Recently, President’s rule was imposed in Arunachal Pradesh. Consider the following statements with this context: 

  1. During President's rule in a state, the executive power shifts from Council of Ministers to President of India
  2.  President’s rule must be approved by Parliament within a period of six months

Which of the above is / are correct statements?

Answer: [D] Neither 1 nor 2

During President’s rule (Article 356), the executive power shifts from the council of ministers to the governor of the state. According to Article 356, President’s rule can be imposed in a state if a situation has arisen in which the government of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. Once President’s rule is imposed, the assembly ceases to function and the state comes under the Central government’s direct control.  The executive power shifts from the council of ministers to the governor. Once imposed, President’s rule must be approved by Parliament within a period of two months. It can’t last for more than six months unless its extension is approved by Parliament.

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