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

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BIHAR-Elections with a Difference

BIHAR Elections with a Difference Tilak D Gupta What decisively tilted the balance in favour of the Janata Dal and its allies in the assembly elections in Bihar was the overwhelming support of the rural poor. This support is not easy to explain considering that the Laloo Prasad government had done little in its five-year term to ameliorate the condition of the poor in the Bihar countryside. At the same time, while the vast majority of the poor Biharis who backed the Dal belong to the subordinated castes among the Hindus and Muslims, polarisation along economic lines is taking place among the electorate.

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