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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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Delhi Elections

Delhi Elections

Mandate for Policy Consonance

(p.210) 8 Delhi Elections
Party Competition in Indian States

Biswajit Mohanty

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Shifting and/or retention of class and community vote share from one party to another as a plausible explanation for the third consecutive victory of the Congress seems simplistic as it fails to explain why the shift took place. Also, the traditional method of examining voting behaviour as the starting point of analysis is methodologically flawed for it starts with the behaviour rather than preference of the voters. Keeping voters’ preference as the starting point of explanation, the chapter examines the reasons for the Congress victory in the 2009 Lok Sabha election and the inability of the BSP and the BJP to repeat their 2008 success in the Vidhan Sabha election. Taking policy dimension as an alternative explanatory framework, the chapter argues that the second victory of the Congress in Delhi is due to consonance between the preferences of voters and policies formulated in accordance with these preferences and implemented, though to a limited extent, by the incumbent coalition at the centre.

Keywords:   mandate, consonance, policy, party identification, accountability

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