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Although there is no specific time limit for Governors to decide on Bills, they cannot misuse their power to indefinitely obstruct or delay the functioning of a democratically elected government. Examine.

Topic: Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

4. Although there is no specific time limit for Governors to decide on Bills, they cannot misuse their power to indefinitely obstruct or delay the functioning of a democratically elected government. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

The article discusses the issue of Governors delaying or obstructing the passage of Bills in India.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about role of governor in giving/withholding assent to bills passed by state legislature.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context about article 200.

Body:

First, write in detail about the various options with the Governor with respect to a bill passed by the state legislature.

Next, write about the drawbacks on indefinitely sitting on the bill (pocket veto) and issues arising from such action.

Next, write about the possible solutions to the above issue.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.