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 8: Gujarat: Goebbel's Propaganda and Governance: The 2009 Lok Sabha Elections in Gujarat1
Gujarat: Goebbel's Propaganda and Governance: The 2009 Lok Sabha Elections in Gujarat1
Gujarat is the only state in India where the BJP has continuously secured over 50 percent of the total seats in the last six Lok Sabha elections. It secured 20 out of 25 seats from Gujarat in 1991, the 10th Lok Sabha polls. The sweeping victory paved its way to secure power in the state in 1995 by capturing 121 of the 182 seats in the Assembly. However, its shares in votes declined from 50 percent in the Parliament to 43 percent in the Assembly polls. The polling reversed in 2007 and 2009. In the Assembly, the party secured 127 seats and ...