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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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The States and Lok Sabha Polls 1

The States and Lok Sabha Polls 1

(p.251) 41 The States and Lok Sabha Polls1

A.G. Noorani

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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

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