Regime Change and Working a Coalition

Zoya Hasan

in Congress after Indira

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195685978
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082216 | DOI:
Regime Change and Working a Coalition

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This chapter examines the regime change in the Congress in the 1990s. It suggests that the 1996 elections marked the end of the Congress epoch in Indian politics and explains that repeated electoral setbacks led to the recognition that political coalitions were necessary to regain power and contain the further growth of the Bharatiya Janata Party. It also describes how the Congress worked out its membership in the United Progressive Alliance coalition. This chapter contends that a turnaround in Congress fortunes came about after its reinvention as a party of the aam aadmi, its endorsement of the National Common Minimum Programme, and its acceptance of a programme of targeted state interventions for the poor and deprived.

Keywords: Congress; political coalition; Indian politics; Bharatiya Janata Party; United Progressive Alliance; aam aadmi; National Common Minimum Programme; state interventions; poor

Chapter.  10410 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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