ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The Party and the Panchayats of West Bengal

Despite substantial decentralisation of power through panchayati raj institutions in West Bengal, the presence of an entrenched centralised party in power in the state has meant the use of such institutions as instruments of patronage. Violent battles have invariably taken place during panchayat elections, as these are seen as necessary by all political parties to capture or retain hold over the institutions.

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