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Electoral Dynamics in the States of India



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ISBN 9780367679743
November 23, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
388 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This empirically rich volume presents a holistic picture of the electoral process in Indian states and the return of the BJP to power. Drawing on the 2019 elections, it presents ground-level data to understand various aspects of elections: the nature of campaigning, caste, class and identity politics, electoral issues, poll strategies of different parties in the fray, electoral issues, electoral verdicts, the contestants, the leadership factor, the formation of government, among other empirical details. The essays underline the determinants of electoral behaviour by looking into the correlation between the background variables of voters and their voting choices. The essays also compare and contrast the 2019 election verdicts from the earlier elections held in the state under study. A long view of Indian state politics, this book will be essential reference for scholars and researchers of politics, especially political processes, and South Asian studies.

Table of Contents

1. The 2019 Lok Sabha Verdict at the State Level: An Introduction

Sandeep Shastri, Ashutosh Kumar and Yatindra Singh Sisodia

  

PART I: Northern States

 

2.   Explaining the Two Delhi Verdicts in Comparative Perspective: Party Identification, Leadership and Welfare

Biswajit Mohanty

 

3.   The Congress Win in Punjab: An Outlier in the North

Ashutosh Kumar and Jagrup Singh Sekhon

 

4.   Continuity and Change in Haryana Politics: Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections, 2019

Kushal Pal and Jyoti Mishra

 

5.   BJP’s Clean Sweep with Record Margin left the Congress Clueless in Himachal

Ramesh K. Chauhan and Bharati Sharma

                                                                                                                     

6.   Bharatiya Janata Party Victory in Uttar Pradesh: A Shift from Caste Based Politics

Mirza Asmer Beg, Shashikant Pandey, and Sudhir Kumar

 

7.   Electoral Politics in a Hill State: 2019 Elections in Uttarakhand

Pampa Mukherjee and Rakesh Singh Negi

 

 

PART II: Central States 

 

8.   Madhya Pradesh: Continued Ascendance of the Bharatiya Janata Party

Yatindra Singh Sisodia

 

9.   Decoding the Sweeping BJP Victory in Rajasthan

Sanjay Lodha and Nidhi Jain

 

10.   What Sealed BJP’s Victory in Chhattisgarh?

Vibha Attri and Lakhan Choudhary

 

 

PART III: Western States

 

11.   Maharashtra: BJP replaces Congress

Rajeshwari Deshpande and Nitin Birmal

 

12.   Gujarat: Caste, Religion and Political Leadearship

Mahashweta Jani and Bhanu Parmar

 

13. Goa: BJP’s Electoral Slide but Political Triumph

Alaknanada Shringare

 

 

PART IV: Eastern States

 

14. Bihar: A Comprehensive Victory for the NDA

            Mohammad Sanjeer Alam

 

15. ‘Jai Bangla’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’: Explaining the Emerging Political Dynamics in West Bengal

Jyotiprasad Chatterjee and Suprio Basu

 

16. Odisha Dual Verdict: Leadership, Welfare and Hindutva

Hilal Ahmed and Gyanaranjan Swain

 

17. Jharkhand: The Ascendance of the BJP as a Dominant Party

Harishwar Dayal

 

 

PART V: Southern States

 

18. Its Lone Southern Comfort – Lotus Blooms in Karnataka

Sandeep Shastri and Veena Devi

 

19. Andhra Pradesh: Dominant Caste Cleavages, Continuities and Reflections

E. Venkatesu

 

20. Kerala: Explaining the Dominance of UDF

K. M. Sajad Ibrahim

 

21. Verdict 2019: Reinforcing Dravidian Identity Politics in Tamil Nadu

P. Ramajayam

 

22. Springing a Surprise: Electoral Politics in the State of Telangana

Vageeshan Harathi, and Ramya Chitrapu

 

 

PART VI: North Eastern States

 

23. Voting Pattern in the North East: Special Focus on Nagaland, Meghalaya & Manipur

Amongla Jamir, R.K. Satapathy, Mangi Singh, and Shreyas Sardesai

 

24. Assam: Saffron Persists in an Ethnic Setting

Dhruba Pratim Sharma, Vikas Tripathi, and Dikshita Buragohain

 

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Editor(s)

Biography

Sandeep Shastri is the Vice Chancellor of Jagran Lakecity University, India, and the National Coordinator of the Lokniti Network. As a founder member of Lokniti, he has been actively involved in all its activities for the last quarter century.  He has been a UNDP Consultant, a World Bank Adviser, and a Senior Adviser to the Forum of Federations.

Ashutosh Kumar is Professor at the Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.  He has been associated with the Lokniti Network, CSDS, Delhi, India as state coordinator for Punjab.   His research centers around state politics, with a focus on the issues related to elections, identities, and development.

Yatindra Singh Sisodia is Professor and Director at M.P. Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain, India (an ICSSR institute), and State Coordinator (Madhya Pradesh), Lokniti Network. His areas of interest are democracy, decentralised governance, electoral politics, tribal issues, and developmental issues. He has been conferred with Professor G. Ram Reddy Social Scientist Award (2017).