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The States and Lok Sabha Polls<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0051
The States and Lok Sabha Polls1

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This chapter addresses the elections of Lok Sabha and the electoral outcome of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP pledged to provide a stable government but is faced with insistent demands from its allies to destabilize State governments. The Bommai case renders action of the kind that the BJP's allies demand as unconstitutional. The proclamation of 1977 was upheld by a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court unanimously in State of Rajasthan vs Union of India as Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar did not return a single Congress candidate to the Lok Sabha. The situation in 1980 was completely different and therefore it has to be understood differently.

Keywords: Bharatiya Janata Party; State governments; Bommai case; 1977 Lok Sabha elections; Supreme Court; State of Rajasthan; Union of India

Chapter.  2826 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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