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The Saffron Wave-The Eleventh General Elections in Maharashtra

The Eleventh General Elections in Maharashtra Sikata Banerjee The victory of the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra in the 1996 parliamentary elections was partly due to the alliance's efficient grass roots organisation, its economic patronage, and its ability to attract youth through the dissemination of ideas of Hindu communal solidarity. The efficacy of the alliance's mohilisational tactics was further enhanced because of popular resentment agains' Congress. Moreover, Congress' local networks have disintegrated due to political complacency disabling it from resisting the Sena's effective door-to-door campaigning.

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