One of the banes of governance in India is that its body politic has to be in a perennial election mode. This is due to historical developments when political instability at the centre and states made it impossible for legislatures to complete their terms, made worse by the indiscriminate use of Article 356 to dismiss ‘unfriendly’ state governments. Synchronous elections of Lok Sabha and state legislatures were last held in 1967 and going by present trends of political stability reinforced by provisions of the anti-defection law, it is likely to be the last. But should this state of affairs be perpetuated?
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