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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.

Andhra Pradesh : Setback for TDP in Panchayat Elections

The results of the panchayat elections in Andhra Pradesh reflect the highly polarised political situation in the state. No immediate shift in voting patterns has been observed, and though the TDP lost a number of seats, it did not see a major decline in its vote share. The elections however, mark a rejuvenation of Congress' fortunes, which the TDP will find hard to confront given its several internal dilemmas and contradictions.

By-Election Results : Warning Bells

With only a few months to go for the assembly elections in UP, the results of the by-elections in two Lok Sabha and nine assembly constituencies across seven states could not have come at a more inconvenient time for the BJP. For the Congress, on the other hand, there were signs, already visible in the May assembly elections, of some revival of fortunes. The party has won four of the assembly seats at stake.

Assam : Elections under the Shadow of the Gun

The shadow of insurgency and insurgent groups looms large over the elections to the Assam state assembly likely in mid-April. The political parties to be watched and which could play a key role in government-formation after the elections are the smaller parties.

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