2004 Lok Sabha Poll and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)

Bidyut Chakrabarty


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195676761
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081554 | DOI:
2004 Lok Sabha Poll and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)

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This chapter examines the formation of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Fourteenth Lok Sabha session following the 2004 national elections in India. It explains that while the erstwhile National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the present UPA was constituted by the Congress and its allies. Unlike the last government, which had a majority in the Parliament, the Congress leads a minority government at the Centre with outside support from the Left Front and the Samajwadi Party. This chapter suggests that the thirteenth and fourteenth Parliament elections seem to have a set a pattern in shaping the outcome of the nature of the government, and argues for the inevitability of coalition government rule in India.

Keywords: UPA; Lok Sabha; India; Congress; minority government; Left Front; Samajwadi Party; coalition government

Chapter.  12438 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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