Democratic Politics


Chapter : 2. Working Of Institutions

The Prime Minister

Appointment, Position, Powers and Functions of the Prime Minister :
Appointment of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is the leader of majority group in the Parliament. The majority group selects one person as their leader. This very leader, after due confirmation of the President, comes to be knows as the Prime Minister. So long as he enjoys the confidence of the Parliament he remains at his post. The moment he loses its confidence he ceases to be the Prime Minister. Thus the real source of his power is the confidence of the Parliament and the people.
Constitutional Status on Position of the Prime Minister or why is he more Powerful than the President ?
The office of the Prime Minister is very important under the Indian Constitution. according to the wording of the constitution, The Prime Minister is the Prime advisor of the President and holds office till his pleasure. But in Practice, the Prime Minister exercises all the powers enumerated in the name of the president. The Prime Minister exercises all the powers enumerated in the name of the President. The Prime Minister is the real ruler and the leader of the country. He is directly elected by the people while the President is indirectly elected. This very fact makes his position more powerful than the President sometimes, it is also said that he is First among Equals’. But to say so is to undermine his position. He can appoint and drop any minister as and when he desire so. He, Undoubtedly, holds the most important position in the country as he wields many powers.

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