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

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Assembly Elections in Maharashtra-Realignment of Forces

Realignment of Forces Gopal Guru THE results of the recent assembly elections in Maharashtra have revealed a complex political reality which makes a coherent understanding of Maharashtra politics difficult, if not impossible. In these elections, (he voters have not given a clear mandate to any single party; instead, they seem to have voted selectively. This rather discrete looking voting makes it necessary to go into certain issues. Was the vote a vote against the Maratha hegemony that was mediated through the Congress and its ideology of secularism and liberalism? It one buys this kind of argument, as some are. then one will have to logically accept the thesis that the Hindutva ideology put the BJP-Shiv Sena combine into power. It also pre-supposes that the combine took its ideological agenda seriously for the mobilisation of Maharashtra's electorate. To unravel these issues one will have to examine both, the ideological intentions of these two major forces and their electoral politics. We are interested in raising these questions only to delineate the nature of Maharashtra politics. An attempt is made to deal with the ideological claims of the left-democratic parties.particularly the Bahujan Mahasangh. vis-a-vis their electoral politics so aS to understand the phenomenon in a better way.

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