ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Low Levels of Electoral Participation in Metropolitan Cities

In successive elections, electoral participation in India’s big, metropolitan cities has been lower vis-à-vis semi-urban and rural constituencies. In the absence of any empirical evidence, this phenomenon is often attributed by the media and political commentators to middle-class apathy and their disdain towards electoral politics. This article contests the popular claim and argues that in big cities, it is not the middle class but the urban poor who are unable to exercise their franchise.



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Updated On : 13th Nov, 2017

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