EFSAS comments on the upcoming 2022 Indian Presidential Elections
Presidential elections in India have always drawn interest, but this became especially true since the emergence of a competitive party system with different parties being in power at the centre and in the states. The office of the President has largely been a position of influence rather than power. India’s President does not exercise executive powers, but yet all executive decisions are carried out in his or her name. The President is required by the Constitution to act on the advice of the council of ministers led by the Prime Minister, but he has simultaneously been empowered to ask the government to reconsider actions and legislation, and to offer it advice.