How MPs and MLAs can meet voter expectations4 min read 15 May 2018, 03:16 AM IST
They can help catalyse certain state and Union government initiatives through engagement with public officials, interaction with constituents to understand their needs and concerns
In keeping with the principle of separation of powers that underpins the Indian Constitution, the primary mandate of elected state and national representatives is legislative. Naturally, this distinction is less salient in the minds of constituents who associate their vote with the promise of basic amenities. Indeed, votes are almost always solicited against a party or candidate’s track record on governance, i.e. bijli, sadak, paani. Further, decades of weak administration and service delivery have led to increased pressure on legislators to prioritize basic developmental needs of their constituencies over legislative responsibilities.
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