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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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Chief Minister Wins Chhattisgarh for BJP

Chief Minister Wins Chhattisgarh for BJP

(p.416) 20 Chief Minister Wins Chhattisgarh for BJP
Party Competition in Indian States

Anupama Saxena

Pravin Rai

Oxford University Press

Chhattisgarh is a relatively young state in the political history of India. It has been the worst naxal-affected state in the country and at the same time it has been amongst the fastest-growing state economies in the country. This chapter examines the voting pattern in the state and the influence of various important factors like caste, class, gender, locality, education, popular schemes on voting behaviour. Citing data from the National Election Study, this chapter suggests that tribal voters hold the key in elections in Chhattisgarh. The easy win of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Chhattisgarh can be attributed to a positive appraisal by the voting populace of the state government’s performance and the personal image of Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Keywords:   voting pattern, Chhattisgarh, election

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