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 13: Karnataka: The Surge of Saffron: Some Genuine and Some Imitation?
Karnataka: The Surge of Saffron: Some Genuine and Some Imitation?
BJP's impressive performance in Karnataka in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections was a foregone conclusion. It won 19 out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, two-thirds of the total seats. BJP's victory is almost a replication of its Lok Sabha performance in 2004. The victory also provided a ray of good news to the BJP national leaders, distressed by BJP's electoral performance in the rest of the country.
In the 2004 Assembly elections, Karnataka voters had given a fractured mandate. Although BJP had emerged as the largest party with 79 seats, it was way short of a simple majority of 113. Its position improved markedly in ...