Performance scored over identity politics, inclusive agenda scored over communal agenda and regional parties demonstrated they can have their space along with national parties if they deliver. This was the message of Election 2009 in India.
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"It is a national verdict more in favour of an alliance that can guarantee a cohesive, progressive and secular agenda. We can now say that along with national parties important regional parties will continue to stay in Indian politics," Zoya Hasan, a professor of political science at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) said.
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Image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh smiles as he talks with his wife Gursharan Kaur at his residence in New Delhi on Monday, May18, 2009.
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