Party membership is high in:

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In the South Asian region, there are many small independent countries with several parties.

While choosing the candidates for an election, what do political parties keep in mind?

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When political parties choose the candidates for an election, they keep the caste composition of the electorate in mind, and nominate candidates from different castes to get maximum support.

Big policy decisions are made by:

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The political executive is answerable to the party and the public. So, it has to be very careful when it makes any major decision, but in most cases, it gives preference to its own party's

Name the party that wants to build a strong and modern India by drawing inspiration from India's ancient culture and values.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party wants to build a strong and modern India by drawing inspiration from India's ancient culture and values.

Why can't people elect different leaders in India?

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Sometimes people cannot elect different leaders in India because the same set of leaders shift from one party to another, leaving no choice for the people.

What is the major challenge before political parties?

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Democrats all over the world are worried about the increasing role of rich people and big companies in democratic politics, as they fund the political parties and influence them.

Parties are symbols of:

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Political parties can exist only in a democratic set-up.

Which of these countries follows the one-party system?

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China has a one-party system, where only the Communist Party governs.

Can an MP or MLA change his/her party?

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The law says if any MP or MLA changes his party, he or she will loose the seat in the Parliament/legislature.

Which of these is the largest party in the coalition known as the United Progressive Alliance?

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The Indian National Congress is the largest party in the United Progressive Alliance.

What system of governance is followed by countries in which a single party runs the government?

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Countries that have only one party have a dominant party system, as only one party is allowed to govern. For example, in China, only the Communist Party rules.

What kind of political party has units across the country?

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A national party has units across the country, and is recognised as such by the Election Commission of India.

Rural citizens are not much aware of their constitutional rights because of:

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Illiteracy and lack of knowledge are the main reasons for the lack of awareness among rural citizens about their constitutional rights.

Which party was in power for over 30 years continuously in West Bengal?

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The Communist Party of India (Marxist) was in power in West Bengal without a break for 34 years.

In which of these general elections in India did three major alliances contest?

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The National Democratic Alliance, the United Progressive Alliance and the Left Front were the three major alliances that contested in the general elections held in 2004.

Which of these criteria should a party fulfill to be recognised by the Election Commission of India?

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The Election Commission of India recognises a political party if it polls 6 per cent of the total votes in a Lok Sabha election or wins at least two seats in a state election.

CPI (M), a political party, belongs to:

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CPI (M), a political party with communist leanings, belongs to West Bengal.

Which of these party systems do we have in India?

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India has a multi-party system with alliance.

Which of these statements is true about the programmers’ formulated by political parties?

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Political parties cannot win any election unless they have an agenda that aims at doing collective good.

Political parties are always popular with:

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The popularity of a political party depends upon its credibility in the public eye.

If an elected representative leaves the party on whose ticket he or she got elected, and joins another party, then it is called:

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If an elected representative leaves the party on whose ticket he or she got elected, and joins another party, then it is called defection. However, note that the law recognises a "split" if at least a third of the total number of the elected representatives of a party form a different group.

Political parties can be identified with:

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Political parties can be identified with political and social divisions, since many parties represent a particular section of society. For example, Amethi in Uttar Pradesh almost always favors the Congress party candidate.

What affidavit has to be filed by every candidate contesting an election?

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It is mandatory for every candidate to file an affidavit giving his or her details of property and criminal cases pending against him.

A two-party system exists in:

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The US and the UK have a two-party system, which is working well for them.

Political parties exist in ____ per cent of the countries of the world.

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Political parties exist in 80 per cent of the countries of the world.

What type of electoral system exists in China?

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Though people in China are free to form political parties, the electoral system does not permit free competition for power.

What is a political party?

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A political party refers to a group of people who contest elections and form a government.

Which of these parties believes in Marxism-Leninism, which supports socialism, secularism and democracy, and opposes communalism and imperialism?

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The Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPI-M), founded in 1964, believes in Marxism-Leninism, which supports socialism, secularism and democracy, and opposes communalism and imperialism.

Which party has the maximum number of members belonging to the Dalits, Adivasis and OBC's?

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The Bahujan Samaj Party was founded by Mr. Kanshi Ram to give proper representation to the downtrodden sections of society.

How many recognised national political parties are there in India?

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There are six recognised national political parties in India as of 2012. This is because the Election Commission of India has very strict criteria and not all the parties are able to meet them.

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