ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Balance of Payments Quicksands

of Tamil Nadu, practically all other chief ministers in the country occupy their offices at the pleasure of the Prime Minister; she can insist that they do something substantive in the way of rural taxation. Moreover, the Prime Minister herself has stated that the current Emergency is in the nature of an economic emergency, Under Article 353 of the Constitution, during an emergency, notwithstanding anything else in the Constitution, the executive power of the Union could be extended to giving directions to the states as to the manner in which the executive powers of the latter are to be exercised, and, furthermore, the power of Parliament to make laws could include power to make laws in respect of even such matters as are not enumerated in the Union List. Given the provisions of this Article, it is well within the prerogatives of the Union government simply to direct the states to raise the impost on agriculture severalfold; no legal impediments stand in the way.

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