Defies the National Trend
The pattern of political competition continues to be in flux in Jharkhand over a decade after its formation. Neither the state-level nor the all-India parties have yet mustered sufficient strength to form a government. Despite getting only 27 percent of the votes, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won eight out of the 14 Lok Sabha seats from the state in 2009 while the Congress-led UPA alliance suffered a setback because of its failure in keeping its partners together. For the same reason in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led alliance, despite receiving 33 percent of the votes polledcould win only one seat as its opponent— the Congress — had at that time formed a formidable alliance with the JMM, RJD, CPI and CPI (M). Low satisfaction with both state and central government also determined the outcome of the 2009 Lok Sabha election.
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