In India, President's rule is the suspension of state government and imposition of direct Union government rule in a state. Under Article 356 of the Constitution of India, if a state government is unable to function according to Constitutional provisions, the Union government can take direct control of the state machinery. Subsequently, executive authority is exercised through the centrally appointed governor, who has the authority to appoint other administrators to assist them. The administrators are usually nonpartisan retired civil servants.
When a state government is functioning correctly, it is run by an elected Council of Ministers responsible to the state's legislative assembly (Vidhan Sabha). The council is led by the chief minister, who is the chief executive of the state; the Governor is only a constitutional head. However, during President's rule, the Council of Ministers is dissolved, vacating the office of Chief Minister. Furthermore, the Vidhan Sabha is either prorogued or dissolved, necessitating a new election.
Prior to 2019, the constitution of the state of Jammu and Kashmir had a similar system of Governor's rule, under its Section 92. The state's governor issued a proclamation, after obtaining the consent of the President of India allowing Governor's rule for a period of up to six months after which President's rule under Article 356 of the Constitution of India can be imposed. After the revocation of Article 370, President's rule applies to Jammu and Kashmir under section 73 (since Article 356 of Constitution of India does not apply to union territories) of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
Imposition in state
In practice, President's rule has been imposed in a state under any one of the following different circumstances:
- A state legislature is unable to elect a leader as chief minister for a time prescribed by the Governor of that state, at the Will of Governor.
- Breakdown of a coalition leading to the Chief minister having minority support in the house and the Chief minister fails/will definitely fail to prove otherwise, within a time prescribed by the Governor of that state.
- Loss of majority in the assembly due to a vote of no-confidence in the house.
- Elections postponed for unavoidable reasons like war, epidemic, pandemic or natural disasters.
- On the report of the Governor of the state if said state's Constitutional machinery or legislature fails to abide by Constitutional norms.
If approved by both houses, President's rule can continue for 6 months. It can be extended for a maximum of 3 years with the approval of the Parliament done every 6 months. If the Lok Sabha is dissolved during this time, the rule is valid for 30 days from the first sitting of the Lok Sabha provided that this continuance has already been approved by Rajya Sabha. The 44th Amendment Act of 1978 introduced a new provision to put a restraint on the power of Parliament to extend the President's rule in a state. According to this provision, the president's rule can only be extended over a year every 6 months under the following conditions:
- There is already a national emergency throughout India, or in the whole or any part of the state.
- The Election Commission certifies that elections cannot be conducted in the state.
President's rule can be revoked at any time by the President and does not need Parliament's approval.
Until the mid-1990s, President's rule was often imposed in states through the abuse of authority of Governors who were in collusion with the Union government. The Supreme Court of India in March 1994 established a precedent in S. R. Bommai v. Union of India, due to which such abuse has been drastically reduced.
Imposition in Union territories with a Legislative Assembly
Article 356 is not applicable to Union territories, so there are many ways by which President's rule can be imposed in different Union territories with a Legislative Assembly.
Jammu and Kashmir
After the revocation and bifurcation, the reorganized Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is subject to the section 73 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, which is used to impose President's rule as the Article 356 is not applicable to Union Territories. The provision states:
73. If the President, on receipt of a report from the Lieutenant Governor of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, or otherwise, is satisfied,—
(a) that a situation has arisen in which the administration of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Act, or
(b) that for the proper administration of Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir it is necessary or expedient so to do,
the President may, by order, suspend the operation of all or any of the provisions of this Act for such period as he thinks fit and makes such incidental and consequential provisions as may appear to him to be necessary or expedient for administering the Union territory of
Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
In NCT of Delhi, President's rule is applied on the basis of Article 239AB of the Constitution of India (as the Article 356 is not applicable to Union Territories) which reads thus:
239AB. -If the President, on receipt of a report from the Lieutenant Governor or otherwise, is satisfied—
(a)that a situation has arisen in which the administration of the National Capital Territory cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of article 239AA or of any law made in pursuance of that article; or
(b)that for the proper administration of the National Capital Territory it is necessary or expedient so to do,
the President may by order suspend the operation of any provision of Article 239AA or of all or any of the provisions of any law made in pursuance of that article for such period and subject to such conditions as maybe specified in such law and make such incidental and consequential provisions as may appear to him to be necessary or expedient for administering the National Capital Territory in accordance with the
provisions of article 239 and article 239AA.
In the Union Territory of Puducherry, President's rule is applied on the basis of Article 51 of the Government of Union Territories Act, 1963. Which thus reads
51. -If the President, on receipt of a report from the Administrator of the Union territory or otherwise, is satisfied,―
(a) that a situation has arisen in which the administration of the Union territory cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of this Act, or
(b) that for the proper administration of the Union territory it is necessary or expedient so to do, the President may, by order, suspend the operation of all or any of the provisions of this Act for such period as he thinks fit and make such incidental and consequential provisions as may appear to him to be necessary or expedient for administering the Union territory in accordance with the provisions of article 239.
Article 356 gives wide powers to the Union government to assert its authority over a state if civil unrest occurs and the state government does not have the means to end it. Though the purpose of this article is to give more powers to the Union government to preserve the unity and integrity of the nation, it has often been misused by the ruling parties at the Centre, who used it as a pretext to dissolve state governments ruled by political opponents. Thus, it is seen by many as a threat to the federal state system. Since the adoption of the Indian constitution in 1950, the Union government has used this article several times to dissolve elected state governments by imposing President's rule.
The article was used for the first time in Punjab on 20 June 1951. It was also used in the state of Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU) and during the Vimochana Samaram to dismiss the democratically elected Communist state government of Kerala on 31 July 1959. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was common for the Union government to dismiss state governments led by opposition parties. The Indira Gandhi regime and post-emergency Janata Party were noted for this practice. Indira Gandhi's government between 1966 and 1977 is known to have imposed President's rule 39 times in different states. Similarly, the Janata Party which came to power after the emergency issued President's rule in 9 states which were ruled by Congress.
The practice was limited only after the Supreme Court established strict guidelines for imposing President's rule in its ruling on the S. R. Bommai v. Union of India case in 1994. This landmark judgement has helped curtail the widespread abuse of Article 356. The judgement established strict guidelines for imposing President's rule. Subsequent pronouncements by the Supreme Court in Jharkhand and other states have further limited the scope for misuse of Article 356. Only since the early 2000s has the number of cases of imposition of President's rule has been drastically reduced.
Article 356 has always been the focal point of a wider debate of the federal structure of government in Indian polity. The Sarkaria Commission Report on Centre-State Relations 1983 has recommended that Article 356 must be used "very sparingly, in extreme cases, as a measure of last resort, when all the other alternatives fail to prevent or rectify a breakdown of Constitutional machinery in the state". Dr. Ambedkar also said that it would be like a "dead letter" (i.e. would be used rarely).
List of instances
This section needs additional citations for verification. (October 2013)
|State||Term||Date of imposition||Date of revocation||Duration||Reason(s) to impose the President's rule|
|Andhra Pradesh||1||18 January 1973||10 December 1973||327 days||Breakdown of law & order due to Jai Andhra Agitation, in P. V. Narasimha Rao's tenure.|
|2||28 February 2014||8 June 2014||100 days||Political impasse following the resignation of Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and several other congress party legislators from the Government as well as the Party, in protest against Indian Parliament passing Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill to bifurcate united Andhra Pradesh and create a separate Telangana state. President's rule revoked from Telangana areas on 2 June 2014 and bifurcated Andhra Pradesh areas on 8 June 2014. President rule reimposed unlawfully by the President after the two months time limit without taking approval of the Parliament under Article 356.|
|Andhra State||1||15 November 1954||29 March 1955||134 days||Loss of majority|
|Arunachal Pradesh||1||3 November 1979||18 January 1980||76 days||Loss of majority following defections in a fluid political environment during Janata party rule at the centre.|
|2||25 January 2016||19 February 2016||26 days||21 Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of the BJP and two Independents, making the current government a minority government. Supreme Court declared the imposition of president rule as ultra vires and reinstated the dismissed Congress led government in the state. In a landmark judgement, it found fault with the unconstitutional role played by the Governor by interfering in the activities of legislatures and speaker of the Vidhan Shaba|
|Assam||1||12 December 1979||5 December 1980||359 days||'Assam Agitation' against illegal foreign nationals staying in Assam started to take roots under the leadership of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU). The violence fuelled by United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) resulted in breakdown of law and order.|
|2||30 June 1981||13 January 1982||197 days||Congress (I) government led by Anwara Taimur representing immigrant minorities collapsed following intensification of 'Assam Agitation' against illegal foreign national staying in Assam.|
|3||19 March 1982||27 February 1983||345 days||Congress (I) government led by Kesab Gogoi representing ethnic Asom people collapsed following continued violence in Assam.|
|4||28 November 1990||30 June 1991||214 days||Government dismissed in spite of AGP CM Prafulla Mahanta enjoying majority support in Assembly. The dismissal was triggered apparently by the threat to internal security due to banned organisation ULFA's activities. During the president's rule, Operation Bajrang was launched to flush out ULFA militants.|
|Bihar||1||29 June 1968||26 February 1969||242 days||Loss of majority following defections in a fluid political environment.|
|2||4 July 1969||16 February 1970||227 days||Loss of majority following defections in a fluid political environment due to split in ruling Congress party|
|3||9 January 1972||19 March 1972||70 days||Loss of majority following defections in a fluid political environment.|
|4||30 April 1977||24 June 1977||55 days||Government dismissed in spite of Jagannath Mishra enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|5||17 February 1980||8 June 1980||112 days||Government dismissed in spite of Ram Sundar Das enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|6||28 March 1995||5 April 1995||8 days||President's rule imposed for a brief period of one week to facilitate passage of vote on account (to permit day-to-day government expenses in Bihar) by Parliament while awaiting the results of Assembly elections held during the Chief Ministership of Laloo Prasad.|
|7||12 February 1999||9 March 1999||25 days||Breakdown of law and order, killings of 11 Dalits at Narayanpur. The Vajpayee Government, revoked the president's rule within 26 days since the coalition did not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha.|
|8||7 March 2005||24 November 2005||262 days||Indecisive outcome of elections. In a landmark judgement, Supreme Court ruled that the imposition of the president's rule without giving the chance to the elected legislatures to form new government is unconstitutional and mala fide act by the president.|
|Delhi||1||14 February 2014||11 February 2015||362 days||Arvind Kejriwal resigned as Chief Minister after failing to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly.|
|Goa||1||2 December 1966||5 April 1967||124 days||The Union Territory of Goa's Assembly was dissolved to conduct an opinion poll to determine whether Goa should be merged with Maharashtra.|
|2||27 April 1979||16 January 1980||264 days||Loss of majority following split in the ruling MGP Party|
|3||14 December 1990||25 January 1991||42 days||C.M. resigned consequent upon his disqualification by High Court – No other Government found viable|
|4||9 February 1999||9 June 1999||120 days||Loss of majority and no alternate claimant to form next government|
|5||4 March 2005||7 June 2005||95 days||Government dismissed after controversial confidence vote secured in the Assembly by CM Pratap Sinh Rane|
|Gujarat||1||12 May 1971||17 March 1972||310 days||Loss of majority following vertical split in Congress during 1969 presidential election|
|2||9 February 1974||18 June 1975||1 year, 129 days||Chimanbhai Patel led Congress government resigned due to Navnirman Movement Anti-Corruption protests. The protesters forced MLA's resignations, forcing dissolution of assembly.|
|3||12 March 1976||24 December 1976||287 days||"Non-Passage" of budget leading to collapse of government|
|4||17 February 1980||8 June 1980||112 days||Government dismissed in spite of Babubhai J Patel enjoying majority support in the Assembly|
|5||19 September 1996||23 October 1996||34 days||Government dismissed following a controversial confidence vote. The Assembly was placed in suspended animation, which led to subsequent installation of Vaghela government, supported by Congress|
|Haryana||1||21 November 1967||22 May 1968||183 days||Government dismissed in spite of having a tenuous majority.|
|2||30 April 1977||21 June 1977||52 days||Government dismissed in spite of B D Gupta enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|3||6 April 1991||23 July 1991||108 days||Rebellion in the ruling party|
|Himachal Pradesh||1||30 April 1977||22 June 1977||53 days||Government dismissed in spite of Thakur Ram Lal enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|2||15 December 1992||3 December 1993||353 days||Government dismissed in the aftermath of the destruction of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmasthan in Uttar Pradesh.|
|Jammu and Kashmir
|1||26 March 1977||9 July 1977||105 days||Sheikh Abdullah led National Conference government bowed out after being reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by the Congress Party|
|2||6 March 1986||7 November 1986||246 days||Loss of majority|
|3||19 January 1990||9 October 1996||6 years, 264 days||Violence between Hindus and Muslims|
|4||18 October 2002||2 November 2002||15 days||Indecisive outcome of elections.|
|5||11 July 2008||5 January 2009||178 days||Loss of majority following collapse of coalition. CM Gulam Nabi Azad's decision to transfer land for Amarnath pilgrimage led to PDP pulling out of coalition Govt.|
|6||9 January 2015||1 March 2015||51 days||Failure of Government formation after fractured verdict in Assembly elections. BJP & PDP reached an understanding to form an alliance to form Government in J&K.|
|7||8 January 2016||4 April 2016||87 days||Death of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed|
|8||19 June 2018||30 October 2019||1 year, 133 days||Resignation of the Chief Minister following loss of coalition partner. On 31 October 2019, Jammu and Kashmir state was split into two union territories, UT of Jammu and Kashmir and UT of Ladakh.|
|Jammu and Kashmir
|1||31 October 2019||Present||3 years, 96 days||To continue President's rule imposed on 19 June 2018 as Jammu and Kashmir state was split into two union territories, UT of Jammu and Kashmir and UT of Ladakh. It was imposed under section 73 of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 as Article 356 does not apply to Union Territories.|
|Jharkhand||1||19 January 2009||29 December 2009||344 days||Loss of majority|
|2||1 June 2010||11 September 2010||102 days||Loss of majority|
|3||18 January 2013||12 July 2013||175 days||Loss of majority BJP's ruling coalition partner JMM withdrew its support to the government pushing it into a minority. Chief Minister Arjun Munda resigned and sought dissolution of the state Assembly.|
|Karnataka||1||19 March 1971||20 March 1972||1 year, 1 day||Loss of majority|
|2||31 December 1977||28 February 1978||59 days||Government dismissed in spite of Congress CM Devraj Urs enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|3||21 April 1989||30 November 1989||223 days||Loss of majority of CM S. R. Bommai, followed by dissolution of Assembly. On an appeal by S. R. Bommai, in a landmark judgement delivered in 1994, the Indian Supreme Court laid out the procedure to be followed before dissolving an elected assembly. The historic ruling in this case reduced the scope for misuse of Article 356 by future central governments and governors.|
|4||10 October 1990||17 October 1990||7 days||Government of Veerendra Patil dismissed by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and state was placed under president's rule with the assembly placed in suspended animation until next chief Minister was elected|
|5||9 October 2007||11 November 2007||33 days||Loss of majority|
|6||20 November 2007||27 May 2008||189 days||Loss of majority|
|Kerala||1||31 July 1959||22 February 1960||206 days||Government dismissed in spite of Communist CM EMS Namboodiripad enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|2||10 September 1964||6 March 1967||2 years, 177 days||Loss of majority followed by indecisive outcome of elections|
|3||1 August 1970||4 October 1970||64 days||Loss of majority|
|4||1 December 1979||25 January 1980||55 days||Loss of majority|
|Madhya Pradesh||1||29 April 1977||25 June 1977||57 days||Government dismissed in spite of Shyama Charan Shukla enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|2||18 February 1980||8 June 1980||111 days||Government dismissed in spite of Sundar Lal Patwa enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|3||15 December 1992||7 December 1993||357 days||Govt. dismissed in the aftermath of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmasthan destruction in Uttar Pradesh.|
|Maharashtra||1||17 February 1980||8 June 1980||112 days||Govt. dismissed in spite of Sharad Pawar enjoying majority support in the Assembly|
|2||28 September 2014||31 October 2014||33 days||Govt. dismissed since Congress Separated from its allies NCP and Others.|
|3||12 November 2019||23 November 2019||11 days||No party could form a government after a fractured election verdict and Shiv Sena broke the pre-poll alliance it had with the BJP. See also: 2019 Maharashtra political crisis.|
|Manipur||1||12 January 1967||19 March 1967||66 days||First Elections to Manipur Union Territory Assembly held.|
|2||25 October 1967||18 February 1968||116 days||Short lived ministry collapsed following resignation of speaker, resulting in neither ruling nor opposition congress having a clear majority in the assembly. Assembly kept in suspended animation.|
|3||17 October 1969||22 March 1972||2 years, 157 days||Violent secessionist insurgency and statehood demands resulted in breakdown of law and order|
|4||28 March 1973||3 March 1974||340 days||President's rule was imposed even though the opposition had a "tenuous" majority and could have formed a government|
|5||16 May 1977||28 June 1977||43 days||Collapse of Government following defections|
|6||14 November 1979||13 January 1980||60 days||Discontent within Janata Party Government and corruption charges led to dismissal of government and dissolution of Assembly.|
|7||28 February 1981||18 June 1981||110 days||Incumbent Government fell following defections. Governor did not permit an alternate government to be formed by People's Democratic Front on the basis of his assessment regarding stability of the proposed ministry.|
|8||7 January 1992||7 April 1992||91 days||Incumbent coalition Government fell following defections. president's rule imposed keeping assembly in suspension.|
|9||31 December 1993||13 December 1994||347 days||1000 persons died in Naga-Kuki clashes and continued violence|
|10||2 June 2001||6 March 2002||277 days||Loss of majority|
|Meghalaya||1||11 October 1991||5 February 1992||117 days||The Centre imposed president's rule in Meghalaya in the wake of a political crisis after the then Speaker PR Kyndiah suspended five MLAs, mostly independents, on grounds of defection.|
|2||18 March 2009||12 May 2009||55 days||Government dismissed after controversial confidence vote secured in the Assembly by CM Donkupar Roy|
|Mizoram||1||11 May 1977||1 June 1978||1 year, 21 days||Mizo Union Ministry led by Chief Minister Chhunga resigned in May 1977, ostensibly to facilitate the progress of peace talks.:|
|2||10 November 1978||8 May 1979||179 days||Chief Minister Sailo's refusal to grant undue favours caused dissension in his party which led to the fall of his government and imposition of president's rule.:|
|3||7 September 1988||24 January 1989||139 days||Defections reduced the Government to minority|
|Nagaland||1||20 March 1975||25 November 1977||2 years, 250 days||Defections and counter defections led to imposition of president's rule|
|2||7 August 1988||25 January 1989||171 days||The state was under a brief spell of central rule again after the Hokishe Sema-led Congress government was reduced to a minority. The decision was challenged in the Supreme Court in held to be invalid in 1994.|
|3||2 April 1992||22 February 1993||326 days||Fluid party position and deteriorating law and order situation|
|4||3 January 2008||12 March 2008||69 days||Government dismissed after controversial confidence vote secured in the Assembly by CM Neiphiu Rio|
|Odisha||1||25 February 1961||23 June 1961||118 days||Harekrishna Mahtab led Congress-Gantantra Parishad Minority Government resigned on 21 February 1961 due to differences in the Congress Party. President's rule was imposed on 25 February 1961.|
|2||11 January 1971||3 April 1971||82 days||Break-up of coalition|
|3||3 March 1973||6 March 1974||1 year, 3 days||Facing imminent collapse of government, incumbent chief minister recommended dissolution of assembly and fresh elections.|
|4||16 December 1976||29 December 1976||13 days||Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy was forced out and assembly placed under suspended animation. A new Congress government was sworn in after revocation of president's rule.|
|5||30 April 1977||26 June 1977||57 days||Government dismissed in spite of Binayak Acharya enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|6||17 February 1980||9 June 1980||113 days||Government dismissed in spite of Nilamani Routray enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|Patiala and East Punjab States Union||1||5 March 1953||8 March 1954||1 year, 3 days||President's rule was invoked in the erstwhile PEPSU (Patiala and East Punjab States Union ) State when the Akali Dal government, led by Gian Singh Rarewala, was dismissed|
|Puducherry||1||18 September 1968||17 March 1969||180 days||Assembly was dissolved and president's rule imposed as opposition parties had a chance to form a government after the fall of the Congress government.|
|2||3 January 1974||6 March 1974||62 days||Assembly dissolved after fall of DMK government following decision of two ministers to join newly formed AIADMK.|
|3||28 March 1974||2 July 1977||3 years, 96 days||Fall of coalition government of AIADMK, Congress(O)following division of votes by Congress(R) and DMK. The Assembly was dissolved.|
|4||12 November 1978||16 January 1980||1 year, 65 days||Fall of government due to political instability|
|5||24 June 1983||16 March 1985||1 year, 265 days||Government dismissed following withdrawal of Congress(I) from coalition government. In spite of incumbent chief minister asking for an opportunity to prove his majority on the floor of the house, the assembly was dissolved.|
|6||4 March 1991||3 July 1991||121 days||DMK Government dismissed in spite of having a majority in the Assembly|
|7||25 February 2021||7 May 2021||71 days||Congress Government Resigned Due To Loss of majority and no alternate claimant to form next government|
|Punjab||1||20 June 1951||17 April 1952||302 days||Pandit Nehru kept the Punjab Assembly in suspension for nine months and 28 days to help the state Congress government get its act together.|
|2||5 July 1966||1 November 1966||119 days||State administration was taken over, ostensibly to facilitate bifurcation of Punjab state into two, Punjab and Haryana|
|3||23 August 1968||17 February 1969||178 days||Break-up of coalition|
|4||14 June 1971||17 March 1972||277 days||Following poor performance in March, 1971 Lok Sabha Elections, incumbent Chief Minister advised dissolving state assembly and holding fresh elections to state legislature.|
|5||30 April 1977||20 June 1977||51 days||Government dismissed in spite of Giani Zail Singh enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|6||17 February 1980||6 June 1980||110 days||Government dismissed in spite of Parkash Singh Badal enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|7||10 October 1983||29 September 1985||1 year, 354 days||Insurgency and breakdown of law and order|
|8||11 May 1987||25 February 1992||4 years, 259 days||Insurgency and breakdown of law and order|
|Rajasthan||1||13 March 1967||26 April 1967||44 days||Indecisive outcome of elections|
|2||29 April 1977||22 June 1977||54 days||Government dismissed in spite of Hari Dev Joshi enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|3||16 February 1980||6 June 1980||111 days||Government dismissed in spite of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|4||15 December 1992||4 December 1993||354 days||Government dismissed in spite of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat enjoying majority support in Assembly|
|Sikkim||1||18 August 1978||18 October 1979||1 year, 61 days||Loss of majority following split in Kazi Lhendup Dorji led Janata Party government. The central government imposed president's rule and followed up with electoral reforms before ordering fresh elections.|
|2||25 May 1984||8 March 1985||287 days||Congress Government formed following induced collapse of Nar Bahadur Bhandari Sikkim Janata Parishad Government was dismissed as it did not enjoy a majority in the Assembly.|
|Tamil Nadu||1||31 January 1976||29 June 1977||1 year, 149 days||The government headed by former chief minister M. Karunanidhi was dismissed by former prime minister Indira Gandhi in spite enjoying majority in the legislative assembly, due to charges of corruption while the Sarkaria Commission was set up to probe the allegations.|
|2||17 February 1980||8 June 1980||112 days||The government headed by former chief minister M. G. Ramachandran was dismissed by former prime minister Indira Gandhi in spite enjoying majority in the legislative assembly.|
|3||30 January 1988||26 January 1989||362 days||The government headed by former chief minister V. N. Janaki Ramachandran was dismissed by former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi after controversial confidence vote secured by her in the legislative assembly.|
|4||30 January 1991||23 June 1991||144 days||The government headed by former chief minister M. Karunanidhi was dismissed by former prime minister Chandra Shekhar on charges of supporting anti-national activities, in spite of the governor Surjit Singh Barnala's report and enjoying majority in the legislative assembly.|
|Travancore-Cochin||1||23 March 1956||5 April 1957||1 year, 13 days||Loss of majority following split in Congress Party|
|Tripura||1||1 November 1971||20 March 1972||140 days||In the backdrop of refugee influx due to Bangladesh Liberation War, split in the Congress and Communist agitation for Tripura to become a full-fledged state, president's rule was imposed. On 1 January 1972 Tripura became a State and assembly elections held subsequently.|
|2||5 November 1977||5 January 1978||61 days||Collapse of short lived government in a fluid political environment|
|3||11 March 1993||10 April 1993||30 days||Elections postponed from 15 February 1993 to 3 April 1993 on account of deteriorating law and order situation. Caretaker CM resigns.|
|Uttar Pradesh||1||25 February 1968||26 February 1969||1 year, 1 day||Loss of majority following withdrawal of support by Congress (R) led by Indira Gandhi.|
|2||1 October 1970||18 October 1970||17 days||Charan Singh Ministry supported by Congress collapsed following split in Congress party.|
|3||13 June 1973||8 November 1973||148 days||Chief Minister resigned as a result of the 1973 Provincial Armed Constabulary revolt.|
|4||30 November 1975||21 January 1976||52 days||Congress Government of H N Bahuguna tendered resignation due to infighting within the party.|
|5||30 April 1977||23 June 1977||54 days||Government dismissed in spite of N D Tiwari enjoying majority support in Assembly.|
|6||17 February 1980||9 June 1980||113 days||Government dismissed in spite of Banarasi Das enjoying majority support in Assembly.|
|7||6 December 1992||4 December 1993||363 days||Government dismissed in the aftermath of the destruction of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmasthan.|
|8||18 October 1995||21 March 1997||1 year, 154 days||Loss of majority following collapse of coalition followed by indecisive outcome of fresh elections.|
|9||8 March 2002||3 May 2002||56 days||Indecisive outcome of elections.|
|Uttarakhand||1||27 March 2016||21 April 2016||25 days||Collapse of CM Harish Rawat's ministry following a split in the state unit of Congress party. In the hearing of related case, Uttarakhand High Court declared the president's rule imposition by the President unconstitutional and restored the Harish Rawat's led government in the state.|
|2||22 April 2016||11 May 2016||19 days||Supreme Court of India held the stay on Uttarakhand High Court's verdict thus reinstating the president's rule in the state.|
|Madhya Pradesh||1||8 April 1949||13 March 1952||2 years, 340 days||President's rule was imposed in the erstwhile Madhya Pradesh State when Chief Minister resigned. president's rule was revoked following independent India's first general elections.|
|West Bengal||1||1 July 1962||8 July 1962||7 days||Interim Period between death of incumbent Chief Minister and election of new leader.|
|2||20 February 1968||25 February 1969||1 year, 5 days||State placed under president's rule following collapse of two successive short lived coalition governments.|
|3||19 March 1970||2 April 1971||1 year, 14 days||Collapse of United Front Coalition between Bangla Congress and CPI(M)|
|4||28 June 1971||19 March 1972||265 days||Collapse of United Front Coalition between Bangla Congress and CPI(M)|
|5||30 April 1977||21 June 1977||52 days||Government dismissed in spite of Siddhartha Shankar Ray enjoying majority support in Assembly|
- Article 370 of the Constitution of India
- Direct rule
- Federal intervention (A similar procedure used in Argentina)
- Federalism in India
- Part Eighteen of the Constitution of India
- Sarkaria Commission
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