DMPQ- Throw light on the powers and functions of office of Chief minister.

. The Chief Minister enjoys the following powers as head of the state council of ministers:

  • The governor appoints only those persons as ministers who are recommended by the Chief Minister.
  • He allocates and reshuffles the portfolios among ministers.
  • He can ask a minister to resign or advise the governor to dismiss him in case of difference of opinion.
  • He presides over the meetings of the council of ministers and influences its decisions.
  • He guides, directs, controls and coordinates the activities of all the ministers.
  • He can bring about the collapse of the co-uncil of ministers by resigning from office. Since the Chief Minister is the head of the council of ministers, his resignat-ion or death automatically dissolves the council of ministers.
  • The resignation or death of any other minister, on the other hand, merely creates a vacancy, which the Chief Minister may or may not like to fill.

The Chief Minister enjoys the following powers in relation to the governor:

  • He is the principal channel of communication between the governor and the council of ministers. It is the duty of the Chief Minister:
  • to communicate to the Governor of the state all decisions of the council of ministers relating to the administration of the affairs of the state and proposals for legislation;
  • to furnish such information relating to the administration of the affairs of the state and proposals for legislation as the governor may call for.

The Chief Minister enjoys the following powers as the leader of the house:

  • He advises the governor with regard to the summoning and proroguing of the sessions of the state legislature.
  • He can recommend the dissolution of the legislative assembly to the governor at any time.
  • He announces the government policies on the floor of the house.

 

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