ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Political Parties in a Fragmented Society

Political Parties in a Fragmented Society Vikash N Pandey IN their well argued paper. Tarty Strategies in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, 1996' (EPW. February 1-7:214-22), Kanchan Chandra and Chandrika Parmar, have detailed the election strategies of and outcome (in terms of votes) for the major political parties/alliances. They have argued that in absence of structural conditions, the moderate election strategies have only resulted 'in each party... (being) in the same position from which it had started' (p 219). No doubt, '(t)here were clearly changes in the distribution of the vote, among regions and among caste groups, but an increase in one direction was offset by the decrease in another..' (ibid).

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