Critical Realignment and Democratic Deepening: The Parliamentary Elections of 2014 and 2019 in India
In The 2019 Parliamentary Elections in India, pp. 61-86. Routledge, 2022.
40 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2022
Date Written: June 21, 2022
‘Watershed’, ‘historic’ ‘epochal’ were used to describe India’s 2014 General Elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party secured the first single-party majority in three decades, forming the Government, as the National Democratic Alliance. We argue that the sixteenth Lok Sabha elections and its aftermath constitute a re-alignment, not a clean break with the past and that this is confirmed by the 2019 General Elections.
Keywords: parliamentary elections, Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP, Indian National Congress, Congress Party, Narendra Modi, re-alignment, party competition, democracy, Lok Sabha, National Democratic Alliance, India, election, critical election, majority, elections campaign, turnout, vote share, vote swing, good
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