Constitution of India

Article 160 Discharge of the functions of the Governor in certain contingencies.—

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160. Discharge of the functions of the Governor in certain contingencies.—The President may make such provision as he thinks fit for the discharge of the functions of the Governor of a State in any contingency not provided for in this Chapter.

If Governor becomes unable to deliver the address as required under article 176, the President may make some other provision for the discharge of the functions of the Governor.2

The present position is that if a Governor dies, resigns and relinquishes the office or is absent on long leave etc., either the Chief Justice of the State High Court is entrusted the responsibilities of discharging the functions of the Governor’s office or under Proviso to article 153, the Governor of a neighbouring State is asked to temporarily hold additional charge of the State till a new Governor is appointed.

Source: Dr Subhash C Kashyap, Constitutional Law of India, Universal

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