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

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Grand Alliance in Andhra Pradesh

Competitive populism dominates the agenda for all political formations ahead of the state elections.

In Andhra Pradesh, the opposition parties, including the ruling incumbent, as had happened in 2004 against the then Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the left parties and the ruling TDP. Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) have formalised a grand Five years ago, in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the alliance against the Congress Party, which is in office. This is a TDP had an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the similar coming together of the opposition parties against the main constituent of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

And the seat sharing between the Congress and the TRS as well as between the Left and the Congress helped these parties to collectively overcome the TDP, which was trounced and ended up with only 47 assembly seats and five parliamentary seats. The broad alliance of the opposition was able to capitalise on the widespread resentment with the economic reforms followed by the TDP and also managed to win the support of large sections of the electorate, particularly from rural areas, with populist promises such as free electricity for farmers.

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