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

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Gujarat : Anti-incumbency Begins

Elections in Gujarat since the last decade have been dominated by a contest between the two main parties - the BJP and the Congress. While the BJP has been on the ascendance since the late 1990s, winning almost a two-thirds majority in the 2002 assembly elections, it received a setback in the Lok Sabha elections of May 2004. But earlier elections, as surveys too bear out, were contested on the BJP's ability to create a false polarisation among the electorate on the Hindutva issue. In that sense, the 2004 elections were almost 'normal' - as the Congress fought a campaign highlighting issues of governance and the state government's failure to deliver on the development front. If such trends continue, it is likely that the next assembly elections in the state will be keenly contested.

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