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Raghavendra Keshavarao Hebsur

In: India's 2009 Elections: Coalition Politics, Party Competition and Congress Continuity

Chapter 12: Maharashtra: Maharashtra: Still a Bipolar System, But Turmoil Ahead

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Maharashtra: Maharashtra: Still a Bipolar System, But Turmoil Ahead
Maharashtra: Maharashtra: Still a bipolar system, but Turmoil ahead
RaghavendraKeshavaraoHebsur

Congress and NCP did not have a pre-electoral alliance for the 1999 Lok Sabha or Assembly elections, resulting in their disappointing performance. In 2004, they entered into a pre-electoral alliance, not only between themselves, but also with JD(S)] and three factions of the RPI. In terms of the share of votes and seats won, the honors were almost even between the Congress—NCP alliance and the BJP and Shiv Sena (SS) combine. On the eve of the 2009 elections, it was difficult to hazard a guess. Almost everyone had written off Raj Thackeray's MNS. But the Congress—NCP alliance won five seats more and about 4 percent votes more than ...

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