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Party Competition in Indian StatesElectoral Politics in Post-Congress Polity$
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Suhas Palshikar, K C Suri, and Yogendra Yadav

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099178.001.0001

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Resurgence of the Congress

(p.230) 9 Uttarakhand
Party Competition in Indian States

Annpurna Nautiyal

Oxford University Press

The results of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections came as a surprise to almost all the political parties as well as the people. The resurgence of Congress during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in a state ruled by the BJP government, which had registered an impressive victory in the Panchayat Elections held in September 2008 was astonishing - not least to the state BJP leadership.. The BJP’s loss of all the five Lok Sabha seats from a state like Uttarakhand not only reflected the people’s mistrust and anger but also a vote against the BJP leadership. The outcome of this election was not only surprising but raises the question of why Congress performed so well after a gap of fifteen years in a state which was being ruled by the BJP. The present chapter attempts to analyse the trends and causes of this phenomenon.

Keywords:   Uttarakhand, activism, Chipko movement, Uttarakhand movement, Matrashakti

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