What is Article 70?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

The Article 70 of the Indian Constitution states the discharge of the President’s functions in other contingencies. In certain cases, the Parliament may make a provision regarding the President’s functions that he is expected to perform while in office.

Article 70 of the Indian Constitution

Article 70 empowers Parliament to make such provisions as it deems appropriate in any contingency or future circumstance that is not specifically listed or provided for.

  • Article 70 of the Indian Constitution of 1950, which was previously Article 57 of the Draft Constitution of 1948, was actually proposed and debated on December 29, 1948.
  • At the time, it granted the President “residuary powers” to perform or discharge his functions in circumstances other than those mentioned.
  • Draft Article 57 was not much debated except for a single person who was not in favor of the residuary powers of the President and instead wanted the Parliament to control the exercise.
  • Eventually, the Article was accepted as it was without any amendments, and the President was given the powers mentioned above.

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