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Ramesh K ChauhanSubscribe to Ramesh K Chauhan

Himachal Pradesh: Pro-Incumbency Helps the BJP

Factionalism in the state Congress and a positive appraisal of the two-year old Prem Kumar Dhumal-led government in Himachal Pradesh helped the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party garner three out of the four Lok Sabha seats in the state. The privileging of local/state level issues over the national also helped ensure the BJP buck its national trend.

Himachal Pradesh Elections 2007: A Post-Poll Analysis

The Bharatiya Janata Party stormed to success in the 2007 election against a squabbleridden Congress, which failed to take advantage of the popular sentiment there in favour of its programmes. The election result showed that the political ground was shifting in the state with a more mature electorate looking beyond the old formulas of region, caste and religion.

Himachal Pradesh : Bipolar Contest

The two-party system appears to be getting entrenched in the electoral politics of the highly literate state of Himachal Pradesh. With both the Congress and the BJP having a stable support base, a marginal swing in votes decides the outcome of elections. The 2004 electoral verdict was effectively a performance evaluation of the party in power, and the elections also showed that the people voted for the party which they believed would perform better in the state.

Himachal Pradesh: Elections 2003: Understanding Complex Choices

Although the difference in proportion of votes between the BJP and the Congress remains the same as in the 1998 elections, the Congress won a decisive victory this time. How is this to be explained in the context of the fact that a pre-election survey indicated popular appreciation of BJP's performance in government?
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