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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.

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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