Question: We have seen dominance of regional parties in many states of India, but in Himachal Pradesh, there is domination of only national parties. (4 Marks, 60 Words)
Himachal Pradesh is a small state and people are mostly inclined towards two major political parties of India i.e. Indian National Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party. There are 4 Lok Sabha constituencies in Himachal Pradesh. The state’s Legislative Assembly has 68 seats. From last 25 years, there has been a record victory of only these two political parties. Regional political parties have probably less or no significance in the Himachal politics. People have a tendency of playing game with these political parties, by voting alternatively to either of the parties in each and every election.
Politics in Himachal Pradesh broadly has been bipolar for about 40 years with the Congress and the BJP being the chief contenders. Reasons behind domination of two-party system:
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