Draft Constitution never mentioned political parties; why, then, are they so crucial today?

DECODING INDIAN ELECTIONS - III

Samajwadi (Socialist) Party rally in Mumbai. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

This election season, Factly.in has put together a series of videos that seeks to deconstruct various aspects of the massive democratic exercise to make every citizen aware of its history, processes, rules and other relevant information.


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Political parties are key players in the democratic process and yet they were never mentioned in the Constitution when it was drafted.

Why do we need political parties at all? Do they do anything to reduce chaos in the existing electoral system? How do these political parties form government? What is the difference between regional and national parties? What role do regional parties play in forming coalition governments?

The video addresses these common questions and presents a humorous analysis of the origin and working of political parties in India.

[This video series is produced by Factly as a part of the YouTube GNI Innovation Funding and has been republished here with permission.]

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About Rakesh Dubbudu 7 Articles
Rakesh Dubbudu is the founder of Factly. He has been working on issues related to Right to Information (RTI) for a decade. He is a data/information enthusiast & passionate about governance/policy issues.