Defection Politics in India: A Threat to the Stability of Democracy
8 Pages Posted: 6 May 2020
Date Written: April 10, 2020
Defection means the transfer of allegiance by a legislator from one political party to another. Traditionally, the idea of floor-crossing is synonymous to the term. The rapid rise in the effective number of parties, changes in the relative strength of the national and regional parties and the political equations between them, the inability of any one party to control the Parliament, and the presence of different parties and different patterns of party competition in states have impacted the course of India’s democratization and governance. The evil of political defections has been a matter of national concern. If it is not combated, it is likely to undermine the very foundations of our democracy and the principles which sustain it. It is imperative that political parties open their eyes to growing calls for electoral political reforms and take steps towards bringing in intra-party democracy which will reduce defection in candidates and in turn strengthens our national political system.
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