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Importance Of Democratic Elections And Political Competition

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Importance Of Democratic Elections And Political Competition - Lesson Summary

In a democratic form of government, people elect their representatives to run the government. 
Chaudhary Devi Lal promoted the Nyaya Yudh movement and formed the Lok Dal party in Haryana.

He won the state election against the ruling Congress party with the clear majority owing to his promised to waive the outstanding loans of farmers and small businessmen if his party came into power and formed the government.

He was sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state by the Governor of Haryana in 1987. Devi Lal as the Chief Minister, waived the outstanding loans of all farmers and small businessmen. His party ruled for four years.

In a democratic election, everyone has an equal right to vote, different parties and candidates contest freely and the voters have a right to choose their representative at regular intervals. Democracy is of the people, by the people and for the people.

The process by which people chose their representatives at regular intervals is known as election. Elections empower the people to express their choice by voting for their representatives. The process of election in democratic countries differs from that of non-democratic countries. In a democratic election the preferred contestant is elected. The elections are carried out in a free and fair manner.

Disadvantages of elections:
  • Political competition creates a sense of disunity among different political groups across different localities.
  • Unhealthy political competition deters good and deserving people from participating in the competition and as a result the people lose out on an able representative.

In an electoral competition, people appraise their elected representatives based on their performance as a people representative.


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