Which of the following are the discretionary powers given to the Governor of a State?

  • 1. Sending a report to the President of India for imposing the President’s rule
  • 2. Appointing the Ministers
  • 3. Reserving certain bills passed by the State Legislature for consideration of the President of India
  • 4. Making the rules to conduct the business of the State Government

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 1, 2, 3 and 4
  3. 1 and 2 only
  4. 2, 3 and 4 only


The governor can use discretionary powers: a) If no party gets an absolute majority, the governor can use his discretion in the selection of the chief minister; b) During an emergency he can override the advice of the council of ministers. At such times, he acts as an agent of the president and becomes the real ruler of the state; c) He uses his discretion in submitting a report to the president regarding the affairs of the state; and d) He can withhold his assent to a bill and send it to the president for his approval.

The correct option is A.