Letter & Spirit of the Constitution

The missing spirit of the Constitution in Maharashtra goverment formation

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President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 29. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

November 29, 1949: Dr Rajendra Prasad, President of the Constituent Assembly, signing a copy of the new Constitution of Indian Republic at the Constituent Assembly Hall in New Delhi. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

August 21, 1974: Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with Preisdent-elect Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. In June 1975, the President signed the Emergency declaration of the Prime Minister, who relied on Rule 12. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee and President K.R Narayanan. In 1988, Narayanan returned the recommendation for imposition of President’s Rule in Bihar to the Vajpayee Cabinet for reconsideration. Photo: The Hindu archives

January 26, 2006: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar welcoming Governor Buta Singh in Patna. In 2005, Buta Singh’s decision to recommend the dissolution of the Assembly came under the critical scrutiny of the Supreme Court. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

The facts of the Maharashtra developments bring out starkly the distinction between compliance with the letter of the Constitution and the spirit of it.
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