. The governor is neither directly elected by the people nor indirectly elected by a specially constituted electoral college as is the case with the president. He is appointed by the president by warrant under his hand and seal. In a way, he is a nominee of the Central government. But, as held by the Supreme Court in 1979, the office of governor of a state is not an employment under the Central government. It is an independent constitutional office and is not under the control of or subordinate to the Central government.
CONDITIONS OF GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
The Constitution lays down the following conditions for the the governor’s office:
- He should not be a member of either House of Parliament or a House of the state legislature. If any such person is app-ointed as governor, he is deemed to have vacated his seat in that House on the date on which he enters upon his office as the governor.
- He should not hold any other office of profit.
- He is entitled without payment of rent to the use of his official residence (the Raj Bhavan).
- He is entitled to such emoluments, allowances and privileges as may be determined by Parliament.
- When the same person is appointed as the governor of two or more states, the emoluments and allowances payable to him are shared by the states in such proportion as determined by the president.
- His emoluments and allowances cannot be diminished during his term of office.