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PUNJAB-Lessons of Panchayat Elections

PUNJAB Lessons of Panchayat Elections Pritam Singh BEFORE the declaration of President's rule in Punjab, the month of September saw the arena of political competitive struggle in Punjab shift to its rural areas. Elections were held for about 10,000 panchayats in the state after a j:ap of five years. The timing of these elections and some new developments associated with it are of far-reaching consequence for the nature of politics in Punjab. For the Akalis and the supporters of Sant jarnail Singh Bhindran- wale, the fundamentalist Sikh leader, it was a challenge to re-assert their supremacy in the villages. For the Con- gress(I), it was an occasion to re-affirm its support base among the Harijan landless labour and to sharpen factionalism among the land-owning Jat Sikh peasantry so as to wean away at least a section of these traditional Akali supporters. For the Left

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