Is the Coalition Era Over in Indian Politics?

Adnan Farooqui, E. Sridharan
2014 The Round Table  
This paper analyses whether the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India's 2014 general election in which it won a majority of seats after seven successive elections from 1989 to 2009 that resulted in hung parliaments and minority governments, mostly minority coalitions, means the end of the coalition era in Indian politics and the beginning of a new era of one-party majority dominated by the BJP, reminiscent of the Congress-dominated one-party majorities that prevailed during the
more » ... vailed during the pre-1989 period. It argues that for a variety of mutually reinforcing reasons, including the dependence of the BJP's majority on pre-electoral coalitions, its need for such coalitions for winning state assembly elections and expanding its base for the next general election, and its need for allies in the Rajya Sabha for passing legislation, that the era of coalition politics will continue, though with some changes.
doi:10.1080/00358533.2014.988457 fatcat:xoaz4pbv3rf6zbjku6pesika5y