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Electoral Politics in Punjab, India:A case study of Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad Elections of 2013

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Dept of political science, GGDSD College, Chandigarh, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (7), Pages 59-61, July,14 (2013)

Abstract

Panchayati raj is an integral part of democratic system in India. It represents the dynamism of democratic forces at the grassroots in the polity. The process of panchayat election is in miniature, the electoral process of the national and state level-representative bodies. The electorate participate in the process of these elections with a sense of involvement which they display in the electoral process of the Parliament and the State Assemblies. Therefore the study of the electoral process of the Panchayati Raj institutions is as much indicative of the mood and temper of the electorate as that of the higher level legislative bodies. The May 2013 Panchayat elections were the democratic elections in which voters participated with a sense of involvement. The level of their participation and their voting behaviour could indicate the emerging trends in the people political thinking and their perception of the emerging realities.

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