Q. Which state was annexed by the British on the grounds of misgovernment?

[A] Hyderabad

[B] Baghat

[C] Awadh

[D] Punjab

Answer: C

Lord Dalhousie directed Sleeman, the Resident in Awadh, to make a tour throughout the state and ascertain the actual situation by personal inspection.  

  • The resident submitted a report describing the anarchical condition in the state.  
  • He was succeeded as resident in 1854 by Outram who submitted a report supporting that of his predecessor.  
  • Lord Dalhousie annexed Awadh in 1856 after deposing Nawab Wajid Ali Shah on grounds of misgovernment. 

Source: Spectrum Modern India.