After 41 years, President’s rule revisits Andhra Pradesh. The first and only earlier occasion in AP was during 1973 when the then Chief Minister PV Narasimha Rao had to resign from his post due to “Jai Andhra Movement”. The President’s rule was enforced from January 11th 1973 to December 1973.
For the present imposition of the President Rule, the Governor will act as the representative of the Center, to be aided by two Chief Secretary level advisers. The Central Cabinet will take and implement all necessary decisions through the Governor. The center has the power to take this step under Article 356 of the constitution. So far, President’s Rule has been put up 122 times in the country. The elected representatives of the state will remain in suspended animation throughout this period.
Punjab saw the longest evocation of such rule, for three years. Present situation in AP will not remain in AP beyond few months till the elections are over.