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

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KARNATAKA-Emergence of Third Force

Emergence of 'Third Force' Sandeep Shastri A significant aspect of the 1994 assembly elections in Karnataka was that they revealed the emergence, for the first time, of a competitive party system in the state. Ever since 1972, assembly elections had witnessed a contest involving two major political parties. The third force which was represented by a different formation in each election had failed to register its presence save marginally in 1983. Nevertheless, even though the BJP emerged as the principal opposition party in the assembly in 1994 the overall performance of the Congress was, relatively, much better. The surprise of the elections, however, was the victory of the Janata Dal.

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