Tuesday, 14 April 2009

All politics is local

Voting is under way in the world's biggest democracy with the Times of India calling it a strange election — "it's an all-India election with virtually no national issues." Neither security and terrorism nor the economic crisis seems to be agitating voters with the outcome likely to be determined by many small battles fought on local issues, more often than not on caste and community lines. The odds are very much against one of the major parties obtaining a majority in its own right with The Times of India concluding that "it's becoming increasingly apparent that opportunistic post-poll equations will be more important than the pre-poll pitches of parties." In a situation like this the opinion polls will not be much of a guide so let's hope the the Owl/Crikey Indian Election Indicator can point the way.
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