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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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Selecting the Party's Candidate for Election *

Selecting the Party's Candidate for Election *

(p.lxi) 8 Selecting the Party's Candidate for Election*

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter begins by briefly describing a situation where the people chose their own candidate for the assembly election rather than have one selected for them by the party's leadership in New Delhi. The practice of a party leader selecting a candidate instead of allowing a candidate to emerge through democratic process is unique to India, and is followed by all its political parties in some form or the other. Few care to reflect on its baleful impact on the working of India's Constitution and on the parliamentary system it establishes. The chapter discusses how the aforementioned practice perverts both.

Keywords:   electoral candidates, India, parliamentary system, Constitution, political parties

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