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Provisions of Anti-Defection Law in India
Provisions of Anti-Defection Law in India

The Anti-Defection Law was enacted through the 52nd Amendment in 1985 and enshrined in the Tenth Schedule. This Act lays down the provisions for disqualification of elected members on the grounds of defection to a different political party. The law was enacted at the initiative of the Rajiv Gandhi-led government that came to power with a thumping majority in the wake of the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Why is Anti Defection Law needed? The Rajiv Gandhi government was spurred to introduce this law as several defections were witnessed in the eighties. The Amendment [...]Read more

Political Parties in India and their Ideologies
Political Parties in India and their Ideologies

The only factor that explains the mushrooming growth of political parties in India is the difference in ideology. While some of them are pro-liberalisation, some are anti-capitalism. The ideological differences also exist in the social sphere with some political factions swearing by Hindu nationalism and the rest seem quite content with progressive westernisation. It is this multiplicity of ideologies and their practitioners that make Indian politics a difficult yet an interesting case study. Communist Parties in India The communist parties are known for their ‘anti-business’ ideology. Perennially a proponent of subsidies, minority appeasement and preservation of human [...]Read more

Registration of a Political Party – How is it done ?
Registration of a Political Party - How is it done

The first step towards being recognized as a political party is to get registered with the Election Commission of India. Registration is mandatory for a party, following which it can avail the provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Presently, India has over 1,600 registered political parties and 400 of them were formed within the last five years.   Application Process for registration of a political party Within thirty days of its formation the party should submit an application for registration to the Secretary to the Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New [...]Read more

How Political Parties Manage the Election Expenditure
How Political Parties Manage the Election Expenditure

From the day a candidate’s name is announced, the ball of poll expenditure starts rolling as fighting elections is an expensive affair. Sheer display of money power has been the trademark of Indian elections. The more the merrier. It takes years of experience and skills to manage the election expenditure on the part of political parties. Rules as per the Election Commission for Election Expenditure The recent amendment to the Rule 90 of the Conduct of Election Rules has increased the upper limit of expenses as applicable to candidates for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) [...]Read more

Role of Political Parties in India before and after Independence
Role of Political Parties before and after partition

Contemporary Indian political history is categorised into pre-independence and post-independence era. There is a stark contrast in the way politics used to be played out during the freedom movement days and the shape it has taken after independence. In all these years, India polity has seen a drastic change. Role of National Political Parties Before Independence It’s fair to say that Indian National Congress dominated the political landscape of India during the pre-independence era. Ever since it was formed in 1885, the party dedicated itself towards strengthening the nationalist movement against the British rule. It set the [...]Read more

Role of Political Parties in India
Role of Political Parties in India

Owing to the diverse geographical, social and cultural concerns, India has nurtured the growth of the multi-party system. Over a period of time, national and regional political parties became the vital constituents of the world’s largest democracy, India. Whether the proliferation of parties has helped the country’s cause, is a different debate altogether. However, it’s important to know what exactly these political parties stand for and what role do they play within the parliamentary democracy. Powers Vested in Political Parties in India Every political party has its own set of vision and ideologies , which are often [...]Read more

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