Coalition Politics in the Indian Provinces, 1967–9

Bidyut Chakrabarty


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195676761
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081554 | DOI:
Coalition Politics in the Indian Provinces, 1967–9

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This chapter investigates the factors that contributed to the rise of coalition governments in nine Indian states following the 1967 assembly elections. It suggests that the result of the election was the articulation of an anti-Congress wave, which resulted in the disintegration of the Congress system after more than two decades of sustained rule since Independence. It marked the beginning of a significant process whereby splintered regional parties were united on the basis of distinctly regional interests that the Congress failed to adequately represent under its rule. This chapter also highlights the role of Ram Manohar Lohia in the anti-Congress movement and suggests that defection was an important ingredient in the formation of coalitions, which adversely affected most parties.

Keywords: coalition governments; Indian states; 1967 assembly elections; anti-Congress movement; regional parties; regional interests; Ram Manohar Lohia; Defection politics

Chapter.  11623 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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