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IS COALITION POLITICS A MUSICAL CHAIR IN INDIA? – A DERAILMENT FROM THE CONSTITUTIONAL VALUES

By Arun Kumar. R

It has been a regular and seasonal routine for the politicians to jump from one party to another, leaving the citizens hopeless. This was frequently witnessed during the second half of the 20th century, where a bunch of legislators defected between parties. One of the notable events is the ‘Aaya Ram Gaya Ram’ that represents a legislator who changed 3 parties in a fortnight. But decades later this unfair practice was curbed or, in a perfect sense, was regulated by the Schedule X that was inserted by the 52nd Constitutional Amendment, 1985. Settling with this issue, there raised another problem of defection, but this time not at the individual level, but at the party level, which was termed as ‘coalition’. In recent times, states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh had gone through this scenario, where the party with the majority was dropped from the ruling chair with the aid of the coalition tool. So, in this article, the author deals exclusively with the coalition practice of political parties and its impact on Indian Politics. The author has penned this paper with utmost care without any political ill-motive and focused only from a legal perspective. The paper runs parallel with the contemporary political developments and occurring alongside with the legal provisions.

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