What data tells us about anti-incumbency in India3 min read 23 Nov 2020, 12:54 PM IST
The 1951-1966 period saw the strongest pro-incumbency trend, with most governments getting re-elected. The 1999-2003 phase saw the strongest anti-incumbency phase, with most state governments getting voted out. In most other periods, voters have accepted and rejected ruling parties in equal measure
When all explanations fail in deciphering an election verdict, one evergreen answer always comes to the aid: anti-incumbency. Had the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government lost power in Bihar, the dominant narrative would have been one of anti-incumbency. Parties themselves blame anti-incumbency as an explanation once they are voted out, as if Indian voters are habituated to voting against ruling parties.
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