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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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Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh

Unexpected Gains for Congress

(p.401) 19 Madhya Pradesh
Party Competition in Indian States

Yatindra Singh Sisodia

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses the electoral politics of Madhya Pradesh in the context of the outcomes of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections and 2008 assembly elections .Politics in the state of Madhya Pradesh has remained by and large confined to a two-party system with some presence of other smaller political parties. Although Madhya Pradesh has a sizeable population of ST and SC and also a large middle-caste population, other political parties like BSP and SP could not galvanise the votes in their favour in elections to make any significant change in terms of seat tally. Despite expectations of a repeat of the December 2008 assembly verdict, the Congress made major gains in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh due to anti-incumbency against individual sitting MPs from the BJP; support for central government; under-mobilization of voters from the BJP, resulting in low voter turnout; and absence of the BJSP and underperformance of the BSP.

Keywords:   electoral politics, BJP, Congress, Madhya Pradesh, Lok Sabha election 2009

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