ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Jan Sangh in Uttar Pradesh-Fluctuating Fortunes and Uncertain Future

Fluctuating Fortunes and Uncertain Future V B Singh In Uttar Pradesh the main beneficiary of the 1967 Congress Party upset was the Jan Sough which emerged as a major party with a doubling of seats from 49 in 1962 to 98 in 1967. Its votes, too, went up by more than 30 per cent over the 1962 election. Consequently, the party activists as well as the general electorate started building up expectations that the Jan Sangh may soon provide a viable alternative to the Congress Party in the State, However, in the 1969 mid-term poll the Jan Sangh suffered a serious and sudden setback which raised doubts about its appeal and popularity, and its organisational base in the State This paper attempts to investigate and highlight some of the salient factors that led to the rapid growth of the Jan Sangh in UP till 1967 and Us steep decline in 1969.

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