Who enjoys the real power in a parliamentary form of government?

  • In the scheme of a parliamentary system of government provided by the Constitution, the Prime Minister is the real executive authority (de facto executive). In other words, the Prime Minister is the head of government. 
  • The prime minister plays a very significant role and highly crucial role in the politico-administrative system of the country. 
  • Dr B R Ambedkar stated, ‘If any functionary under our constitution is to be compared with the US president, he is the Prime Minister and not the president of the Union. 

An instance of real power

Article 74 provides for a council of ministers headed by the Prime Minister to aid and advise the President in the exercise of his functions. The advice so tendered is binding on the President. 

The 42nd and 44th amendment acts of 1976 and 1978 respectively have made the ministerial advice binding on the President. 

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