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Last Lap of the Karnataka Elections

Congress Chief Minister Siddaramaiah faces no severe criticism for his tenure, but there are constituents of Karnataka that are unhappy with the incumbent government. Sections of the Lingayats firmly back the Bharatiya Janata Party in parts of central and northern Karnataka, which challenges the Congress’s prospects of a second term. The Janata Dal (Secular) is also a force to reckon with in south Karnataka. However, overall, the contest will probably be a close one, primarily between the Congress and the BJP.

Left Front Victory in Kerala

Political conditions under the Congress-led United Democratic Front in Kerala provided considerable opportunities for both the Left Democratic Front and the National Democratic Alliance to muster people's support on a number of issues ranging from rampant corruption to social conditions of women and marginalised communities. While the LDF effectively reaped the windfall of several graft cases in which many ministers as well as the personal staff of the chief minister's office were directly or indirectly involved, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA has steadily succeeded in making inroads into the support base of both the fronts, as well as among new voters, though the party won just one seat.

BSP's Prospects in the Assembly Elections

This article examines the prospects of the BSP in three of the states going to the polls at the end of this year, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and the National Capital Region of Delhi, and concludes that despite the pivotal position that the dalit identity has come to occupy in national politics, there are limits to the growth of the BSP's influence in these states in the forthcoming assembly elections.

State Electoral Politics

Electoral patterns across India have shown an extreme fluidity in the nature of electoral permutations and combinations that come to assume power at the central or state levels. Despite the region specific nature of electoral politics and the emergence of distinct identities, however, emerging trends in Indian politics reveal certain commonalities across the country.

UP Assembly Elections:Caste Dominates Ideology

Analysis of the February 2002 assembly elections in UP and their outcome: the issues, the division of seats among the electoral alliances, the composition of candidates of different parties, the gains and losses of the parties in terms of seats and vote shares for the whole state and for different regions, voter preferences for parties by caste and other characteristics and the impact of the election campaigns on the performance of the parties.

Punjab : Assembly Elections-Decline of Identity Politics

With a new generation that has grown up in the post-militancy period, Gurdwara politics has little appeal and voters have tended to vote for a party that is expected to be most likely to maintain peace in the state, the Congress. While the BJP's traditional vote bank of upper caste Hindus has been eroded to the advantage of the Congress, the SAD has lost some of its support among the non-jat, especially OBC, Sikhs.
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