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

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Settlement of Disputes by Consensus-An Experiment in Rural Tamil Nadu

strains, literally lifted from the sradh rituals to present herself before the chief minister, fainted in the latter's ante- chamber and had to be attended to by a physician. The chief minister also assured her of various manner of assistance This narrative, however, will not be complete without an account of the role of the union government's chief election commissioner. After stopping the counting of ballots on the basis of complaints from the Congress, BJP and so on, the chief election commissioner sent one of his officers for investigation on the spot. This person, however, went underground from the press and the state government, later to surface in New Delhi with the complaint that he had been obstructed from performing his duties by press people and CPl(M) activists, as also due to lack of go-operation from the state government. After being rebuffed by the Calcutta press people and also the state government's spokespersons tor extending support to unfounded allegations, the chief election commissioner piped down and sent another complement of four investigators and on the basis of their reports later ordered repolls in 46 booths.

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