The conflict between the governor of Punjab and the state’s chief executive, Bhagwant Mann, significantly heated up on Friday when Banwarilal Purohit threatened to recommend president’s rule in the state and launch legal action if his letters went unanswered.
In his most recent message to Mann, Governor Purohit expressed his frustration at not hearing back from him regarding his prior message and forewarned him that he could inform the President on the “failure of constitutional mechanism.”
In his most recent message to Mann, Governor Purohit expressed his frustration at not receiving a response to his prior message and forewarned him that he could report the President’s “failure of constitutional mechanism.”
In accordance with Article 356 of the Constitution and Section 124 of the Indian Penal Code, Purohit recommended Mann to take action before making this “final decision.” With the use of Article 356, a state is placed directly under the control of the Centre, usually following the Governor’s submission of a report. The IPC section deals with physically harming or improperly preventing the President or a governor from using their legitimate authority.
”Before I am going to take final decision regarding sending a report to the President of India under Article 356 about the failure of the constitutional mechanism and take a decision about initiating criminal proceedings under section 124 of the IPC, I ask you to send me the requisite information sought for under my letters referred to above, as also in the matter of the steps taken by you concerning the problem of drugs in the State, failing which I would have no choice but to take action according to law and the Constitution,” the governor wrote.