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

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Orissa : Ruling Coalition Returns

While anti-incumbency has been a favourite explanation of political commentators to interpret the defeat of a ruling party, the ruling BJD-BJP alliance in Orissa was able to hold its ground in both the Lok Sabha and the assembly elections. However, as surveys prior to the elections indicated, neither party on its own was ever preferred as the state's governing party. In spite of non-performance in several key areas, especially employment, the chief minister's 'clean' image and his crusade against corruption appeared as factors that worked in the ruling alliance's favour.

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