A person who is an Indian citizen and a part of either house of Parliament would be qualified to become Prime Minister. If he is a member of Lok Sabha, he must be 25 years old, and if Rajya Sabha, he must be 30 years old.
The Prime Minister of India, or the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, is the leader of the Indian government's executive branch. The prime minister is the governing member of the central government's Council of Ministers and the head of the federal cabinet. They can serve in India's Parliament's Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha, but they must be a member of a political party or coalition that has a majority in the Lok Sabha.
In the parliamentary system, the prime minister is the most senior cabinet member in the executive arm of the government. The prime minister appoints and dismisses cabinet members, assigns duties to members of the government, and serves as the cabinet's presiding member and chairman.
According to Article 84 of the Indian Constitution, which establishes the basic qualifications for a member of Parliament, and Article 75 of the Indian Constitution, which establishes the basic qualifications for a minister in the Union Council of Ministers, and the assertion that the prime minister's position has been described as primus inter pares (first among equals), a prime minister must:
- be an Indian citizen
- be a part of the Rajya Sabha or the Lok Sabha. If the prime minister is not a part of either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha at the time of appointment, he or she must join one of the two chambers within six months.
- If they are a part of the Lok Sabha, they must be over 25 years old, and if they are a part of the Rajya Sabha, they must be over 30 years old.
- not occupy a profit-making position in the Indian government, any state government, or any local or other authority under the supervision of any of the aforementioned governments.
If a person is voted prime minister, they must resign from any government or private job and may only take up the position once their tenure has ended.
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