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In the News (Sun 18 Aug 19) -> News -> India -> Basu for 'National Platform' as alternative to BJP
Kolkata: Raking up the issue of an alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre, veteran Communist Party of India — Marxist (CPM) leader Jyoti Basu on February 26 mooted the idea of a broad-based "National Platform" of Left and secular forces before the next Parliamentary elections.
The alliance was necessary for purposes of a broad-based unity to launch sustained agitations for the ouster of the NDA government at the Centre, which was pursuing "anti-people, anti-labour and anti-national economic policies", he said.
It was necessary to intensify agitations to oppose the "attempts" of the BJP and sangh parivar, who he alleged were not serious to remove the economic ills facing the country but were shifting focus to divide the country along religious lines by raising the bogey of hindutva with an eye on the next general elections. /2003/02/26/26basu.html   (244 words)

 National Democratic Alliance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The National Democratic Alliance is a name used by at least two groups
This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. /wiki/National_Democratic_Alliance   (94 words)

 National Democratic Alliance (India) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The NDA governed under Prime Minister Vajpayee for a full five years hence, and was widely expected to win the 2004 elections.
BJP made this to support their last government but after the government many parties have taken their support back See also: List of political parties in India.
But the BJP, the chief party lost too many key seats along with the major allies and the Alliance could not bid for power. /wiki/National_Democratic_Alliance_(India)   (240 words)

Traditionally, the National Conference and the BJP have been bitter enemies, for the BJP's pro-Hindu policies are inimical to the National Conference's mainly Muslim membership and because the BJP has long called for the abolition of Jammu and Kashmir's special autonomous status under India's constitution (today, it is backtracking on the issue).
Although it holds just four Lok Sabha seats, the National Conference is politically important because it is the largest pro-India party in the contested state of Kashmir.
India was partitioned on the ground of the demand by a section of the population that Muslims are a separate nation. /India/fernandes.html   (8017 words)

 India in 2004 Economics Case Studies Collection
In 1942, Congress launched its 'Quit India' campaign.
In 1961, India annexed the Portuguese territories of Goa, Daman and Diu.
India has other reasons to be proud of. /casestudies/catalogue/Economics/ECOA118.htm   (788 words) - India shines through Verdict 2004
The message is unequivocal: India firmly rejects the economic, social and political agenda of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance Government.
It is important to recognise that even States that overwhelmingly voted in favour of the BJP last December have now seen a marginal but distinct shift in favour of the Congress.
India twice gave the BJP an opportunity to rule, but on both occasions it failed to rise to the challenge. /news/may2004/news15_Verdict_2004.htm   (1372 words)

 Socialism Today - BJP election victory - a challenge to Indian workers
India's 13th Lok Sabha (national parliament) elections saw the right-wing Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retain its hold on power at the head of the 24-party coalition National Democratic Alliance.
IT WAS CLEAR from the apathy shown by the voters that there was little to choose between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Congress camp.
In West Bengal, which is known as the bastion of the left, an alliance of the BJP and the Trinamul Congress (a split from national Congress in West Bengal), was able to wrest as many as five seats from the CPI(M) alone. /44/india.html   (1675 words)

In a sensational upset, India's main opposition Congress party -- led by Sonia Gandhi -- appears to have unseated the National Democratic Alliance government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
But in a surprise reversal of electoral fortunes, India's ruling Hindu nationalist BJP party has announced instead that it is going into opposition.
India: Congress Opposition Party Claims Victory In Election Shock /wmd/library/news/india/2004/india-040513-rferl01.htm   (722 words)

 National Democratic Alliance
Since the Indian National Congress was not a political party but a national movement; Mahatma Gandhi had suggested its dissolution after the achievement of independence.
As a first Prime Minister of the country, who had no direct or indirect association with post-independence Indian National Congress, he is seen to be keen to move the people in a manner the leaders of freedom movement had mobilised the people against the British.
Vajpayee now appears to be poised to energise his government with a spirit of launching a national movement in the form of NDA. /notes/note51.html   (920 words)

 National Democratic Alliance,Indian Political Alliance,Strategic Alliances,India
While BJP is contesting the election as the major partner of The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), whose constituents have ruled the country since April 1998, the Congress has decided to go it alone seeking minor adjustments at local levels.
India Elections &; Alliances » National Democratic Alliance
The two major political parties- the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and Centrist Congress Party which has ruled the country after the greater part of its independence in 1947- donot seem confident of getting an absolute majority of 543 Lok Sabha members on their own. /alliances/nda.html   (448 words)

 Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee - a Profile
On October 13, 1999, he took charge as Prime Minister of India for the second consecutive term at the head of a new coalition government, the National Democratic Alliance.
In 1994, he was named India's 'Best Parliamentarian.' The citation read: "True to his name, Atalji is an eminent national leader, an erudite politician, a selfless social worker, forceful orator, poet and litterateur, journalist and indeed a multi-faceted personality…Atalji articulates the aspirations of the masses… his works ever echo total commitment to nationalism.
India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, was conferred upon him in recognition of his selfless dedication to his first and only love, India, and his more than half-a-century of service to society and the nation. /special/cabinet/vajpayee.htm   (508 words)

 National Catholic Reporter: India votes for secularism
Of the former, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam of south India's Tamil Nadu led its Democratic People's Alliance as a Congress ally and won all its 35 contests routing the alliance formed by the BJP and the party of the imperious Jayalalithaa, the state chief minister and southern power broker.
Indian voters handed the "Secular Front" (now renamed "United Progressive Alliance") led by the Congress Party a landslide electoral victory and dashed the Hindu right's hopes of winning another term as a parliamentary majority.
The BJP's theme throughout the elections was "India Shining," a media blitzkrieg that trumpeted successes in the information technology sector and economic gains, such as 8 percent growth in national gross domestic product. /p/articles/mi_m1141/is_30_40/ai_n6061021   (877 words)

A MOST remarkable and disastrous feature of the last five years of National Democratic Alliance rule in India, has been the slide-back to levels of hunger in rural areas not seen for over 50 years.
The gains made in agriculture and food availability over four decades have been wiped out in a single decade of reform, and nearly nine-tenths of the fall has taken place during the five years of National Democratic Alliance rule.
National Sample Survey data on falling share of cereals in the spending on food were quoted to argue that not only the well-to-do but all segments of the population were voluntarily diversifying their diets to high value foods away from cereals. /fl2105/stories/20040312007001600.htm   (3350 words)

 IndiaStar: "A Stable Government for India" by R. Venkataraman
One may doubt the relevance of the subject for discussion, namely, "A Stable Government for India," after the resounding success of the National Democratic Alliance at recent general elections in our country and the promise of a stable government for the country for the full term of the 13th Lok Sabha.
While I warmly welcome the decisive verdict of the electorate and wish the National Democratic Alliance a fruitful tenure of the statutory period of five years, I am not sure that with our present electoral system and the Constitution that we may not revert to the era of kaleidoscopic changes in government.
India functioned as a mature democracy and elicited the admiration of the entire world including that of the sceptics who doubted the chances of adult franchise working satisfactorily among unlettered people. /Venkataraman1.html   (3717 words)

 The 1999 Indian Parliamentary Elections and the New BJP-led Coalition Government
The results of India's 13th parliamentary election confirmed survey and exit-poll predictions of a secure victory for the 24-party National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
The election results brought Vajpayee's National Democratic Alliance a majority in India's 545-seat Lok Sabha, with 299 of the 537 seats contested and 41% of the vote.
On October 13, 1999, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Atal Bihari Vajpayee, leader of the Alliance, took the oath of office as Prime Minister of India, heading a 70-member Council of Ministers. /asnic/hardgrave/Elections1999.html   (1249 words) national
Parliament has been adjourned sine die 'solely and exclusively for the purpose of promulgating an ordinance to save Shrimati Sonia Gandhi, president of the Congress party and chairperson of the National Advisory Council, from certain disqualification on grounds of holding an "office of profit" Updates
The backwardness and abysmal poverty of the Muslim community in India is a symbol both of the decline of its own leadership, and of the bankruptcy of the exploitative vote-bank politics of 'secular' formations.
India needs a new party, a new political culture and a new freedom struggle. /section_v5.asp?secname=National   (1104 words)

 Netguruindia News
The National Democratic Alliance on Sunday formally endorsed the Bharatiya Janata Party's bid for the top post in the new state, dealing a blow to Sibu Soren's claim to the chief ministership of Jharkhand.
November 6: Protesting against the National Democratic Alliance's refusal to offer the chief minister's post to its leader Shibu Soren in Jharkhand, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha(Soren) severed its ties with the alliance.
Meanwhile, in Vijayawada, BJP leader and Union rural development minister M Venkaiah Naidu expressed confidence that a BJP-led National Democratic Alliance would form the government in Jharkhand. /news/Nov00/07/NAT1.html   (274 words)

 Rediff On The NeT: NDA focuses on Vajpayee, Vajpayee and Vajpayee
The manifesto of the National Democratic Alliance asks the people to give the alliance a decisive majority to ensure its continuation in power for the next five years.
Also present was Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah, whose National Conference party is not part of the NDA and has in fact put up candidates against the alliance in Kashmir.
The manifesto said the NDA seeks to create a proud and resurgent India, a theme that was harped on with references to the nuclear tests at Pokhran last year and the Kargil war. /election/1999/aug/16akd.htm   (939 words)

 INDIA: Behind the BJP's electoral defeat
The middle-class's chauvinistic preoccupation with opposition Congress Party leader Sonja Gandhi's foreign origins meant little to the Indian masses.
India has definitely not been shining for them and their vote shows that they have decisively repudiated the direction in which their country was headed under the NDA's rule.
This is an extremely healthy development for India. /back/2004/584/584p17.htm   (811 words) - Ally threatens India's ruling coalition - May 21, 2001
NEW DELHI, India -- A crucial state vote Monday is set to determine if India's ruling National Democratic Alliance will lose support from a key coalition ally.
Although the BJP played only a minor role in the elections, analysts have said its future political alliances could be affected by the opposition victories.
The resulting opposition boycotts in parliament prior to the elections stalled the passage of the national budget. /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/south/05/21/india.samata.threat   (441 words)

 Xinhua News Agency: BJP-Led Alliance Ensures Stable Government in India.@ HighBeam Research
India's BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Monday promised to take steps for ensuring a fixed term of five years for all elected bodies including Lok Sabha and state legislatures.
Xinhua News Agency: BJP-Led Alliance Ensures Stable Government in India.@ HighBeam Research
The manifesto released by the NDA sought to free the country of the triple curses of hunger, fear and corruption and transform it into a new India that is prosperous, strong, self-confidence and at peace with itself and the world. /library/doc0.asp?DOCID=1G1:55454951&refid=holomed_1   (206 words)

The first National Democratic Alliance Government was elected to office in 1998.
India, which is among the most efficient suppliers of yarn, will be made the biggest garment maker in the world by 2009.
A National Commission for Children will be set up to comprehensively address the issues of education, healthcare, nutrition, recreation, removal of gender disparities, elimination of child labor, integrated care and rehabilitation of orphans and street children, etc. It will put the aspirations and rights of children at the heart of our development agenda. /election/nda.jsp   (14110 words)

 Online edition of Daily News - Lakehouse newspapers
The 24-party National Democratic Alliance was forced to close ranks and unite behind Vajpayee when the latter offered to resign over a financial scandal linked to the state-run Unit Trust Fund.
Self-assertion and the drive for autonomy is so great among these political paries that they would prefer to function within a coalition rather than throw in their lot with a large monolith, such as the Congress Party, where they would probably remain anonymous and voiceless.
To be sure, India too is living through heady days of economic liberalization and global economic integration, but there seems to be a proportional increase in the Indian public's concern for clean governance. /2001/08/06/fea02.html   (723 words)

Vajpayee's National Democratic Alliance -- led by his Bharatiya Janata Party-- has passed the majority mark of 272 seats in India's lower house.
Thirdly the alliances we have made in various parts of the country, and fourth is the negative campaign of the Congress Party.
This is the second national election in which the Congress Party has suffered major losses since Sonia Gandhi took control of the party last year. /news/india/1999/991007-india.htm   (505 words)

 Domestic Politics. (from India) --  Encyclopædia Britannica
The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, headed by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was voted out of office after the coalition was unable to secure a…
After leading India's fight for independence and dominating the nation's politics for the next 50 years, the Indian National Congress (or Congress party) was defeated by Hindu nationalist opponents in 1998.
While the war continued in Korea, the battlefield of politics was heating up here in the states during this pivotal election year. /eb/article-234811?tocId=234811   (725 words)

NDA Memorandum to the President of India on Bihar Governor :
NDA Memorandum to the President of India on Volcker Committee :
NDA Memorandum to the President of India on Bihar : /today/NDA.htm   (245 words) NDA government completes one year
Text of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's statement issued on Friday in Bombay on the occasion of the first anniversary of the National Democratic Alliance government:
India is now seen as an emerging global player whose voice is being heard with respect in the capitals of the world.
The India at the beginning of the new century is an India that stands stronger, prouder and taller than before. /news/2000/oct/13vaj1.htm   (685 words)

 Calcutta Online - October 8, 1999 Newspaper
Welcoming the National Democratic Alliance's victory in the 13th Lok Sabha elections, business houses in Calcutta hoped a stable government at the Centre will steer the economy to a right direction.
The Indian National Congress has to accept the reality of a government whose politics and ideology in the field of economics is fully endorsed by the powers that be in the United States.
Born in India and brought up in Atlanta, Bose has a Master's degree in international affairs and a Bachelor's degree from Columbia University. /news/Oct99/09Oct99.html   (6749 words)

 Tight fiscal policy no cure for India Emerging Markets
The electoral drubbing dealt on the NDA government by the India National Congress (INC) and India's leftist political parties shocked both government cadres and outside observers.
India should use, to the fullest advantage, the economic policy latitude it enjoys as a result of the very limited leverage multilateral lenders hold over the country.
India's endemically large fiscal deficit, which averaged 8.4 percent of GDP between 1990 and 2003, supported GDP growth, which averaged 5.6 percent annually over the same period. /40306.html   (1315 words)

 India Cosmopolis
The author justifies his title, "a democratic destiny": only a democratic India can, due to its extreme religious, cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity, survive as a unified country.
During the election campaign, the Congress Party leaders did not clearly specify what type of coalition they were looking for.
In India, inflation is at an all-time low and farmers could bring in a record harvest, although the natural catastrophes and their subsequent costs may have destroyed part of that success. /english/cosmo1/india.htm   (1121 words)

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