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The Gujarat Vote Share Trend Conundrum

The Bharatiya Janata Party may seem invincible in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat. However, the staggering numbers in terms of the party's vote share and seats in the state assembly tell a very different tale. Right from the first time it came to power on its own in 1995, till now, this article chronicles the BJP's eventful journey in Gujarat.

Panchayat Elections in Kashmir

People's response to the panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir, which are being conducted in a phased manner since January this year, has differed depending on the political situation prevailing in different parts of the state. While the elections have evoked an enthusiastic response in many parts of Jammu and Ladakh, in Kashmir valley they have been virtually a paper exercise. Political processes and institutions in the valley suffer from a crisis of legitimacy. Panchayati institutions are perceived as a part of the existing structure of power that bears no relation to the aspirations and choices of people.

Bihar

The panchayat elections, held after 20 years and a long court battle, may not immediately make a difference to the quality or nature of governance in the rural areas of the state. But in the interim there has been a change in the way people perceive developmental issues and most importantly, for the first time, people will be able to directly confront those who hold power. This will pave the way for effective people-friendly governance.

Bihar

Apart from organising the electoral process, the state government has done little to facilitate broader democratic goals through the panchayat elections in the state. The political parties are equally apathetic towards promoting this objective. But the involvement of a large number of people's organisations in the broader election process has made a 'non-political' election into one which has distinct political dimensions because of the presence of the poor and the issues they are raising.

Panchayat Elections

Panchayat elections have been postponed many times in several states on the flimsiest of grounds, clearly violating constitutional norms. Should this practice be allowed to continue?
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