What is Article 157?

By Ritesh|Updated : September 7th, 2022

The Governor's term of office, qualifications for appointment as Governor, and the terms of office of the Governor are defined in Articles 156, 157, and 158 of the Indian Constitution, 1949. Article 157 describes the conditions for appointment by the Governor. It states that no person shall be appointed as Governor if:

  • He is a citizen of India
  • He has reached the age of 35

Article 156 of the Constitution of India

  • The Governor may resign from his office by writing a letter addressed to the President by hand.
  • Subject to the preceding provisions of this article, the Governor shall hold office for five years from the date he assumes office.
  • After his term of office expires, the Governor shall continue to exercise his office until his successor takes office.

Article 158 of the Constitution of India

  • The Governor shall not be a member of the Parliament House or the House of the Legislatures of any State.
  • The Governor shall be entitled rent-free to use his official residence.
  • He shall also be entitled to such payments, allowances, and privileges Parliament may provide by law.
  • (3A) Where the same person is appointed as Governor of two or more States, the emoluments and allowances paid to the Governor shall be apportioned among the States in such proportion as the President may by resolution directly.
  • The emoluments and allowances of the Governor shall not be reduced during his term of office.

Summary:

What is Article 157?

Article 157 defines the conditions to be applied for the appointment of the Governor for a particular state. The main requirements are he has to be Indian and complete 35 years of age.

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