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 7: The BSP in 2009: Still Making Progress, But Only as a Dalit Party
The BSP in 2009: Still Making Progress, But Only as a Dalit Party
Mayawati's BSP has been classified among the losers in most of the post-elections press reports. This is fair enough given its expectations based on its performances in the 2007 and 2008 state elections. In 2007, the BSP won 206 seats with 30.46 percent of valid votes in Uttar Pradesh and in 2008, it won important by-elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP)1 and made inroads in three of the states which went to polls. In Madhya Pradesh, it jumped from 7.26 percent of the votes in 2003 to 11 percent and from two to seven seats. In Delhi it grew even more ...