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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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Defies the National Trend

(p.381) 18 Jharkhand
Party Competition in Indian States

Harishwar Dayal

B.K. Sinha

Oxford University Press

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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