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Madhya Pradesh : Social Tectonics in a Two-Party System

Madhya Pradesh, towards the late 1980s, saw the rise of a two-party system. The BJP, as the 2003 assembly elections and the 2004 Lok Sabha elections convincingly demonstrated, not only managed to extend its support beyond the traditional upper caste and trading communities, it secured a substantial chunk of the OBC and dalit vote. This was largely due to the pre-existing organisational base of the RSS and other affinities of the Sangh parivar. The Congress, on the other hand, not only succumbed to the anti-incumbency factor; this time its traditional vote base among the dalits and Muslims was in many places divided between the Gondwana Gantantra Party and the BSP. However, it appears likely that recent elections will continue to be dominated by the two larger national parties.
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