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New Panchayati System in Karnataka-Elections and After

New Panchayati System in Karnataka Elections and After Amal Ray THE first-ever elections to zilla parishads and mandal panchayats in Karnataka, held in the month of January this year with an interval of 18 days, passed off fairly peacefully. The Congress(I)'s charge that the ruling Janata party indulged in extensive violence, rigging and other election malpractices is not supported by available evidence. The heavy voter turnout and the Con- gress(I)'s impressive show, moreover, seem to disprove such allegations. The amount of enthusiasm displayed by Karnataka's rural voters is remarkable. While the turnout in mandal panchayat elections was more than that in zilla parishad polls, the participation rate in both ranged between 60 per cent and 70 per cent of all eligible voters. However, it is difficult to say to what extent such mass enthusiasm will be translated by the new institutional leadership into positive action for intended rural development.

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