The Inter-State council report shows that Indira Gandhi imposed the President's rule 50 times between 1996 and 1985.
The President's rule, also known as Article 356 of the Constitution, temporarily suspends the elected state government. Instead, the Governor, appointed by the Central government, replaces the chief minister. Regardless of the elected party in power, the central government controls the state machinery. The President's rule can be invoked when the upper house and lower house of the Parliament approve Article 356. The law has a time limit of six months.
Gandhi placed the Presidents rule 35 times between 1966 and 1977 and 15 times between 1980 and 1984. Morarji Desai from Janata Dal, the Prime Minister before Gandhi, invoked the rule 16 times.