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By Paul Wallace, Ramashray Roy

India's 2009 Elections is an inquiry into the fifteenth common Elections of India. It explores how the elections performed out, what elements encouraged the voters, and the way the elections are a huge contribution to India’s democracy.

Authored through popular students and analysts from a variety of backgrounds, the gathering of articles significantly examines a number of parts of the Indian polity. in keeping with the participants, the general public final result of the 2009 elections indicated a requirement for integrity, continuity, and competence—values that have been thought of virtually out of date in today’s political state of affairs. while, the members admit to difficulties in constitution, delivering for minority cultures, balance, and contentious public coverage issues.

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P. Singh-led National Front was composed mainly by the leftover elements of the Janata Dal and consisted of autonomous Regional Base and National Dream 31 state-based parties. The alliance was a makeshift arrangement and always in danger of being pulled down. P. Singh was partial to left parties and usually ignored the BJP in running the government, consulting its leaders only when convenient. The BJP was, therefore, miffed and became alienated from the Singh government. P. Singh accepted the recommendations of the Mandal Commission.

15 However, these friendly contests were beset with reciprocal animosity and unbridgeable gaps. 16 Concluding Observations The results of the 2009 Parliamentary elections conclusively demonstrate that the Congress strategy of alliance formation paid it a rich dividend. It had state level alliances where it needed support, and abstained from it where it wanted to strengthen its position such as in the cow-belt states, UP and Bihar. As the results show, the Congress alliance won 262 seats, with the Congress alone getting 206 seats thus crossing the 200 mark for the first time since 1991.

4 Source: Government of India (GOI), Election Commission, and the Indian media. Note: President Pratibha Patil dissolved the 14th Lok Sabha with immediate effect on May 18. The President invited Manmohan Singh to form the new government on May 20. It was sworn in on May 22, 2009. Support for formation of UPA Government: The UPA needed 10 seats for a majority. Unconditional support came from the Janata Dal (Secular), the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Samajwadi Party. The Nagaland, People’s Front, Sikkim Democratic Front, and Bodoland People’s Front, each with an MP, also decided to support the UPA government.

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