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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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Triumph for Congress in Assam

Triumph for Congress in Assam

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Party Competition in Indian States

Sandhya Goswami

Oxford University Press

The chapter explores the causes for the success of the Congress party in Assam in three consecutive terms. It is indeed a rare achievement for any political party in contemporary Indian politics where “anti-incumbency” has been the norm. It raises an argument as to whether the success of the Congress party implies the end of Assam’s troubles and the beginning of the politics of good governance. If the Congress cannot show evidence of that, the electoral victory in retrospect will be only a victory due to contingent political circumstances like a national opposition lacking confidence, a state-level opposition lacking promise, and new social forces lacking unity and direction. However, that could hardly be to the credit of the Congress party. The article argues that the future of Congress will depend less on short-term political exigencies like electoral alliances, but more on skill in matters of accommodation and policy initiatives.

Keywords:   realignment, ethnic diversity, AIUDF, electoral alliances

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