|Consider the following statements regarding the Veto powers of the President of India.|
|1. The President has no discretionary powers and all presidential vetos are exercised on the advice of Council of Ministers,|
|2. The Parliament needs to pass the same bill with a higher majority than earlier when the President decides to use his Suspensive Veto.|
|3. The provision for the Pocket Veto Power of the President is provided in the Constitution.|
|Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?|
A) 1 and 2
B) Only 2
C) Only 3
D) None of these
Correct Answer: D
Solution :[d] Although, the President has to act on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers, he does have the power to return their advice for reconsideration once. The President can thus exercise his Suspensive Veto powers to return a bill for the reconsideration of the Houses of Parliament once, even if that was not the advice given by the Council of Ministers. Thus, Statement 1 is incorrect. The Statement 2 is also incorrect as it provides the provision regarding the Suspensive Veto power of the American President. In India, use of the Suspensive Veto only means that the Parliament has to pass the bill again, with a higher or lower majority. Pocket Veto is not provided for in the Constitution and it arises from the fact that the Constitution does not provide for any time limit for the President to give his assent to a bill. Thus, Statement 3 is also incorrect and the right answer is [d].
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