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India's Experiment with Coalition Government at the Federal Level

S.H. Patil
The Indian Journal of Political Science
Vol. 62, No. 4 (December 2001), pp. 586-593
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42743566
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India's Experiment with Coalition Government at the Federal Level
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Abstract

Emergence of strong regional parties, politicisation of various social groups and their struggles for share in power that characterise the political transition and churning in contemporary India have made coalition government inevitable at the federal level. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been successful in uniting the anti-Congress forces under the banner of National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The presence of the BJP as the strong pillar in the coalition, the charismatic leadership of A.B. Vajpayee and the skillful way in which diverse interests are accommodated ensured the stability of the coalition government.

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