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Two Power Centres and Government–Party Relations

Zoya Hasan

in Congress after Indira

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195685978
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195685978.003.0005
Two Power Centres and Government–Party Relations

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This chapter focuses on the Congress-led coalition government's implementation of division of powers between the prime minister and party president in 2004. The relationship between the government and party underwent a major redefinition with the UPA government in 2004. Manmohan Singh served as the prime minister while Sonia Gandhi was the party president. During the UPA rule, power rested with the party president, but the lack of progress in party building and democratization was palpable despite the party’s new importance and the much better equation between the party and government. The chapter also argues that one of the most significant changes for the Congress during this period was not having a Nehru or Gandhi as prime minister.

Keywords: Congress; coalition government; prime minister; party president; Manmohan Singh; Sonia Gandhi

Chapter.  10927 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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