India's 2009 Elections is an inquiry into the 15th General Elections of India. It explores how the elections played out, what factors influenced the electorate, and how the elections are an important contribution to India's democracy.
Authored by renowned scholars and analysts from various backgrounds, the collection of articles critically examines multiple areas of the Indian polity:
Coalition and alliance politics, representation, national integration, and women's participation; Dominant party, competitive two-party and multi-party states including Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, and the northeast states; Caste, tribal, and ethnic politics
According to the contributors, the public outcome of the 2009 elections indicated a demand for integrity, continuity, and competence—values that were considered almost obsolete in today's political scenario. At the same time, the contributors admit to problems in structure, providing for minority cultures, stability, and contentious public policy issues.
Chapter 11: Kerala: The LDF's Debacle: Kerala Votes for National Stability
Kerala: The LDF's Debacle: Kerala Votes for National Stability
The resounding victory of Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections did not surprise pollsters but the mandate was significant in several respects. The INC following of ruling India for decades had been on a decline since 1989. Congress generally saw south Indian states as areas of consistent support.
Kerala's national poll trends until 1996 showed, with few exceptions, a general trend for supporting Congress to produce stable governments at the center. Between 1996 and 2004, this pattern from the Kerala electorate lost its appeal and therefore it was crucial for the Congress to revive the trend in the state.
Second, the electoral contest was an ...