Anti-incumbency factor fails

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 08, 2008 15:58 hrs

New Delhi: Anti-incumbency factor, which is dreaded like plague, did not work in atleast three of the five states --- two ruled by the BJP and one by the Congress.

Results in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh show the ruling parties there made mincemeat of the syndrome.

The BJP in Madhya Pradeh and Chhatisgarh and the Congress in Delhi fought the elections on the planks of development and government performance.

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Congress made a hat-trick in Delhi with Sheila Dikshit's magic working for the third time.

The BJP repeated its win in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the second consecutive term with Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Raman Singh becoming the development mascots for the party.

The victories in the two states was real good news for the saffron party given the fact that its Chief Ministers have generally failed to come back to power for a second time in view of anti incumbency.

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Narendra Modi of Gujarat has become an exception to this phenomenon so far.

In 1993, the BJP had failed to come back to power in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh in the assembly polls held a year after the demolition of the Babri Masjid. That time the party could win only in Rajasthan and Delhi.

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