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 15: Bihar: Identity Politics Recycled: 2009 Lok Sabha Election in Bihar
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: ...