Q. In some countries, if president is impeached or dies, then VP becomes president for remaining term. Do you think we should do it in India, to save cost of election? Should we have similar system in India? It’ll save cost of re-election before expiry of tenure, after all, president or VP is having a ceremonial role?
Answer could be – Sir, It is true that The posts of the president and the vice president hold a ceremonial role in India. and we do have a provision of the Vice-president acting as the president for a maximum period of 6 months in certain cases – like president not able to discharge his/her duties on the ground on illness or death or resignation.
A system similar to US-where the electoral college of president and vice president are same- to be implemented in India shall require a change in electoral college of the vice-president which presently consists of only the members of parliament and state legislatures are not a part of this electoral is because in India Vice president’s normal role is to preside over the council of states.