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

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Delhi : Benefiting from Two-Layered Incumbency

In the parliamentary elections of 2004, Delhi benefited from a twin incumbency factor - the anti-incumbency factor that worked against the NDA government at the centre and the incumbency factor at the state level that worked in favour of the Sheila Dixit-led Congress government. More importantly, while the BJP appeared to be a party old and unchanging in its style and membership, the Congress, by putting forward new, younger faces and by appealing to development issues, made a greater impact on Delhi's voting electorate.

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