Modi's campaign helped Indian
The recent General Election is a fascinating subject of study for political analysts, in as much as the run-up to this democratic event of unprecedented scale revealed some remarkable features of party politics, voters' responses, and credibility of leadership. In what can be regarded as first-time developments, many barriers were broken in reaching out to the masses, overcoming the 'poll arithmetic', and influencing the voters' psyche.
Left parties: In decline, in denial
In the hullabaloo over the BJP’s massive mandate and the Congress’s humbling defeat, political commentators have missed out on some other important outcomes of the Lok Sabha elections. The election results confirm the long-term declining trend of the Left parties in India. The Left Front’s national voteshare in 2014 has been the lowest ever (4.8 per cent), from the high of 10.6 per cent in 1989.
What does national party status mean?
What are the conditions for a political party to get recognition as a national party? A political party becomes eligible to be recognised as a national party if it fulfils any of the three following conditions: The party has won 2 per cent of seats in the Lok Sabha (11 seats) from at least three different states in the latest general election.
Million man marks
In October 2013, almost six months before the Lok Sabha polls, over 7,000 students from India’s top colleges, most of them from IITs and IIMs across India, were busy participating in a new-age political meet. They called it Manthan (the churn). There were fluorescent lights, dance beats, PowerPoint presentations, pumping bass and even a headlining...
Target 2019 takes BJP south, to turn vote gain into seats
It has been just over a month since a landslide victory and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s team has already kicked off groundwork for campaigning for the 2019 polls. The BJP’s IT cell and various voluntary groups that worked closely with it during the 2014 elections have been advised by Modi to begin building a network of volunteers in states where the party’s vote share rose this time but fell short of securing seats.
Once more Afghanistan’s voters brave its thugs and are betrayed by its politicians
History repeats itself in Afghanistan, usually as tragedy. The aftermath of the second round of the presidential election held on June 14th eerily echoes events in 2009, when Hamid Karzai held on to the presidency amid allegations of “industrial-scale fraud”. On June 18th Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister, and clear leader after the first round in April, accused Mr Karzai and the election commission of being in cahoots in a massive fraud...
Uttar Pradesh: Decoding LS election voting patterns
BJP won 73 seats in Uttar Pradesh (+63) from 2009. This record performance propelled BJP to not only form the Government at the Centre but also to get majority on its own (282). While a lot has been written about how Amit Shah ensured this grand win, there were some observations in voting shares which make for interesting reading. Congress got the lowest vote share (8.4 per cent), but still managed to get two. seats. Samajwadi Party’s vote share reduced by only 1.1 per cent (22.2 per cent vs 23.3 per cent)...