ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Challenge of the Hustings-From Electoral Manipulation to Policy Performance

From Electoral Manipulation to Policy Performance Rajni Kothari The Lok Sabha election in March 1971 was unprecedented in two ways. For one thing, for the first time since Independence the very consolidation of the political system was decided by reference to the ballot box. Secondly, such a fundamental political issue was posed and decided by reference to a clear commitment to policy goals; for the first time a party in government went to the people for a 'mandate* based on a socio-economic programme to which it said it was itself committed.

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