UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-6

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    Which of the following power(s) is/ are common to both the President of India and the Governor of a State?
    1. Explicit discretionary powers mentioned in the Constitution.
    2. Suspending, remitting or commuting a death sentence.
    3. Power to make ordinances.
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

    A)  Only 1             

    B)  2 and 3           

    C)  Only 3             

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    [c] While the President does not have any discretionary powers mentioned in the Constitution, the Governor does have explicit discretionary powers, particularly those under Article 200 and 201, which provide for reserving of  bills passed by the State Legislative Assemblies for consideration of the President. The discretionary powers of the President on the other hand are situational and not explicit. While the President has the power to pardon a death sentence, the Governor does not have any such power. On the other hand, both of them have the power to suspend, remit or commute a death sentence Both the President and the Governor have the power to legislate ordinances provided under Articles 123 and 213 respectively. Thus, the right answer is [c].              

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