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Chapter 15: Bihar: Identity Politics Recycled: 2009 Lok Sabha Election in Bihar
The 2009 Lok Sabha election in Bihar turned out to be a referendum on the four-year old ruling coalition government. Voters were generally not enthusiastic about the alliance forged on election eve between Lalu Yadav of the RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan of the LJP. Thus Nitish Kumar, the provincial CM, skillfully steered the NDA of the JD(U) and the BJP to a resounding electoral success.
A combination of speedy developmental effort, social engineering, and a strategic positioning of candidates in redrawn parliamentary constituencies of Bihar were responsible for the landslide NDA victory.1 The election results of 2009 indicated a remarkable trend in the politics of Bihar: ...