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Madhya Pradesh: Congress Makes Unexpected Gains

Belying expectations of a repeated outcome mirroring the December 2008 assembly verdict, the Congress made major gains in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh. The stabilisation of a bipolar party system of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress in the state, and the relative irrelevance of other political forces contributed to this outcome.

Madhya Pradesh: Overriding the Contours of Anti-Incumbency

A high level of voter satisfaction with the government and disarray in the ranks of the opposition saw the Bharatiya Janata Party retaining power in Madhya Pradesh. Though the Congress managed to put on a better show than in 2003, its internal problems did not allow it to pose much of a threat to the BJP. And, with the exception of the Bahujan Samaj Party, none of the smaller parties could cash in on the antiincumbency factor.
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