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Interpreting the UP verdict

Dismissing the verdict as only polarisation is an oversimplification. A lot more is at work

Ashok K Lahiri 

Ashok K Lahiri Decisive electoral mandates, as in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh (UP), are a welcome trend. It denies “coalition compulsion” as an excuse for non-performance. After fractured electoral verdicts during 1993-2007, UP returned single party absolute majorities to the Assembly in 2007 and 2012. But these two earlier verdicts were not as overwhelming as a single party’s victory in three quarters of the seats in 2017. Dismissing this verdict as only polarisation is an oversimplification. A lot more is at work.  The manifestoes of both the winner and the runner-up, ...

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First Published: Tue, April 04 2017. 22:43 IST
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