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Friday, 17 December, 1999, 16:28 GMT
INDIA ELECTIONS


Indian election briefing
India's election is over. But what was at stake and who were the main candidates? The answers are contained in this Special Report.
India's post-poll puzzle
The coalition prospects in the aftermath of India's drawn-out elections seem to be moving towards BJP success.
Causes of the election
Indian President K.R. Narayanan disbanded the lower house of parliament in December 1997. This came after the Congress party withdrew its support for I K Gujral's minority coalition government.

Also:
Indian President paves way for early elections
Indian parliament dissolved
BJP - riding the wave of Hindu nationalism
The Hindu nationalist BJP is at the head of a new coalition government in India, but has had to tone down some of its more controversial policies to allay the concerns of its political allies.
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Congress - a party in crisis
The Congress Party has dominated much of Indian politics since the country's independence in 1947. But since many years the party is in crisis, plagued by political infighting, defections, resignations, and allegations of corruption.
India's ruling dynasty
The Nehru-Gandhi family has been at the forefront of Indian politics since the country gained independence.
India: the economy
For the first 45 years after independence, economic growth and development in India was poor. One explanation argued that Indian culture prevented it developing in the way other nations did.
India's ruling dynasty
The Nehru-Gandhi family has been at the forefront of Indian politics since the country gained independence.
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