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The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), 1999–2004<sup>*</sup>

Bidyut Chakrabarty

in FORGING POWER

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195676761
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676761.003.0005
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), 1999–2004*

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This chapter analyses the dynamics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) that came into being in 1999. It discusses the significance of the NDA in the context of a search for an alternative to single-party rule in India and highlights the level of understanding among the partners and maturity of the leaders of this twenty-four-party coalition that steered it through despite occasional hiccups. This chapter also describes the accomplishments of the NDA and suggests that it epitomized the federalization of Indian politics by guaranteeing legitimate space to regional political forces that remained integral to its existence.

Keywords: NDA; BJP in 1999; alternative to single-party rule; party coalition; federalization; Indian politics; regional political forces

Chapter.  13925 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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