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Mandate 2009

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Before mandate 2009 I used to think the days for national level political parties are over. The way regional parties have grown in terms of influence, charisma and putting regional interest and aspirations to forefront is a matter of great study.
The rise of Bahujan Samaj party, Samajwadi Party, Rastriya Janta Dal, Lok Janshakti Party, Prajarajyam, AIADMK, RLD, BJD, Shiv Sena, JDU and the consequent downfall in the voting share of Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janta Party made me think that the days are in fact over for single party rule in the centre. Yes after 2004 election UPA (United Progressive Alliance) had formed government with more than twenty other regional parties. Before that NDA (Nation Democratic Alliance) did the same with BJP being the largest party. Both UPA and NDA had the support of regional parties, which grew stronger after every assembly and general elections. Growth of these parties also denoted growing decrease in the vote shares of national parties (Co…