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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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Jharkhand

Jharkhand

Defies the National Trend

Chapter:
(p.381) 18 Jharkhand
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Party Competition in Indian States
Author(s):

Harishwar Dayal

B.K. Sinha

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099178.003.0019

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.

Keywords:   statehood, political competition, political factions, insurgency, strategic failure, social base, economic class, secular, spoiler, regional player, vote-share

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