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Saffron Headway in Kerala

The Bharatiya Janata Party's ability to enlist a band of groupings may not have helped the party as much in the lone seat it won--Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram district--from where the party's octogenarian O Rajagopal had been contesting election after election and establishing incremental gains over the years. But it is evident that the party has been able to erode the Congress base and eat into left votes.

Right to Contest

All progressive forces need to come together to roll back the recent moves by the Bharatiya Janata Party Governments of Rajasthan and Haryana to curtail the right to contest elections through arbitrary and restrictive criteria. Parliament has just passed an amendment to the President's address reiterating the fundamental right to contest elections. This is a battle for India's democracy.

Undone by Its Own Mistakes

In the 2015 Bihar elections, Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies led at the outset but lost badly to the Grand Alliance when votes were counted. The familiar themes of caste and development--along with governance, class alignments, the reservations issue, and communal polarisation--were all important, but the mishandling of them by BJP leaders turned them to their rivals' advantage. The BJP campaign suffered from the over-centralisation of power in the hands of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. A detailed account, based on fieldwork and interviews with those on the ground, explains how BJP lost in Bihar.

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?

Pointers to Partition

A Narrative of Communal Politics: Uttar Pradesh, 1937-39 by Salil Misra; Sage, New Delhi, 2001; pp 363, Rs 295.

Shifting Political Equations in UP

A Congress-SP alliance may signal a new era in UP politics. Much depends however on how serious the Congress is about its recent overtures to Mulayam Singh.

Gujarat Elections 2002

This paper attempts to analyse in each constituency vote shares accruing to the two major parties in the state with the use of triplot or ternary diagram method. A triplot enables a two-dimensional display of three categories of shares or proportions, in this case vote shares, accruing to the BJP, Congress and �others�. Triplot diagrams provide a thematic representation of the fact that an increase in vote shares of BJP and to a lesser extent the Congress does have a relationship with the decline of 'other' contestants.

Meghalaya : Elections 2003: Decline of Regionalism

The beginnings of electoral politics in the 1970s in Meghalaya saw a clear demarcation between national parties and regional ones. However, the assertion of ethnic identities and the rise of an educated elite among the Khasis, Jaintias and Garos saw regional loyalties give way to still narrower tribal divisions. The split in votes that has ensued has inadvertently aided national parties.

Tamil Nadu : Shaping Things to Come?

With the AIADMK's victory in the Sathankulam by-election, Jayalalithaa can once again reveal - and revel in - her enduring supremacy. All the same she is not one to let grass grow under her feet and is focused on next year's parliamentary poll. But it is hardly possible for her to ruminate over the national scene now, with her plate filled with regional - rather, local - problems. There is the running battle with the DMK and the acrimonious exchanges inside the assembly, with the debate turning to past events. Outside the house too, the fury of allegations and counter-allegations continues. Events have turned strongly dramatic with the Queen Mary's College affair.

Assam : Vote against Misgovernance

The tea labourers in Assam have always played a significant role in electoral politics. The recently held by-election for the Khumtai assembly constituency, dominated by tea tribes, has brought to the fore important issues - regionalism, intra-party, politics and most importantly, misgovernance - that will impact on electoral politics in the state, especially the Lok Sabha polls in 2004.

Uttar Pradesh : Postures and Promises

Elections in UP have often served up the writing on the wall to governments at the centre. The BJP understandably sees its performance in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state as critical for its fortunes at the centre. Last month the man chosen by the BJP high command to spearhead its electoral strategy in UP completed a year in office.

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