National Democratic Alliance (India)
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The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is a centre-right coalition of political parties in India. At the time of its formation in 1998, it was led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and had thirteen constituent parties. Its honorary chairman is former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Also representing the alliance are L. K. Advani, former deputy prime minister; Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha; Arun Jaitley, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha; and Karia Munda, the Deputy Speaker in the Lok Sabha. The coalition was in power from 1998 to 2004. Currently there are eleven parties in the NDA coalition which is in opposition in the union parliament while holding power in many states.
The announcement of the National Democratic Alliance in May 1998 signaled the first step in the building of the coalition, which formed the government in 1998, but collapsed within a year because the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), a state political party in the states of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, pulled out. It proceeded to win the 1999 elections with a greater majority and new alliances. The NDA governed under A.B Vajpayee for a full five years, and hence, and was widely expected to win the 2004 elections. However, post-elections, a coalition led by the main opposition Congress party staked a claim to form the government with support from non-aligned parties. The formation of the United Progressive Alliance, the Congress-led coalition, was inspired by the structure of the NDA, with one major national party at the helm and several regional parties participating.
Given the tendency of political parties in India to make and break alliances frequently, the National Democratic Alliance does not have a formal governing structure in place, such as an executive board or politburo. It has been up to the leaders of the individual parties to make decisions on issues such as sharing of seats in elections, allocation of ministries and the issues that are raised in Parliament. Given the varied ideologies among the parties, there have been many cases of disagreement and split voting among the allies. Owing to ill health, George Fernandes, who was the NDA convener[when?], was discharged of his responsibility and replaced by Sharad Yadav, the national president of the Janata Dal(United) political party.
Currently, the parties in and supporting the NDA are:
- Bharatiya Janata Party - (117 MPs)
- Shiv Sena - Maharashtra (11 MPs)
- Shiromani Akali Dal - Punjab (4 MPs)
- Nagaland People's Front - Nagaland (1 MP)* though is not part of NDA but has state level coordination with BJP in Nagaland.
- Haryana Janhit Congress - Haryana (1 MP)
- Republican Party of India (Athvale)- Maharashtra
- Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party - Goa (Alliance in Goa State with BJP)
- Asom Gana Parishad - Assam - (1 MP) though Contested alone in Assam assembly election, 2011 continues to be part of NDA
- National People's Party (India) - Meghalaya
- Gorkha Janmukti Morcha - West Bengal
Former members of the National Democratic Alliance, who have left the alliance:
- Janata Party (Merged with BJP)- 2013
- All Jharkhand Students Union - Jharkhand (Alliance in Jharkhand State with BJP)- withdrew from alliance in 2012
- Jharkhand Mukti Morcha - Jharkhand (Alliance in Jharkhand State with BJP) - withdrew from alliance in 2012
- Jammu & Kashmir National Conference - Withdrew in 2002, blaming the BJP for its loss in the Jammu and Kashmir state elections. Omar Abdullah, son of former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, served as a Minister of State for External Affairs from 1999 to 2002.
- Lok Jan Shakti Party - Withdrew following 2002 Gujarat religious riots. Its leader, Ram Vilas Paswan, served as the cabinet-level Communications, and later, Coal Minister.
- Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam - Joined the Congress Party during 2004 elections.
- Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam - Joined the Congress party during 2004 elections.
- All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam - Joined with Congress Party during 1999 elections; subsequently re-joined alliance during 2004 elections, but did not remain aligned post-defeat. Joined the Third Front before the 2009 elections.
- Pattali Makkal Katchi - Joined with Congress Party for the 2004 elections.
- Indian Federal Democratic Party - Its leader, P.C. Thomas, was a minister in the Vajpayee government and the only member of parliament in the alliance from Kerala. Following the 2004 election, he merged his party with the Kerala Congress, which is aligned with the Left.
- Trinamool Congress - West Bengal - Withdrew from the alliance at the end of 2007. Joined the Congress party before the 2009 elections.
- Biju Janata Dal - Odisha: Left the alliance just over a month before the 2009 elections.
- Indian National Lok Dal-Left due to seat sharing disagreements during Haryana assembly elections 2009.
- Rashtriya Lok Dal led by Ajit Singh - Uttar Pradesh has allied with Congress for 2012 Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly election
- Janata Dal (United) - Bihar - Withdrew from the alliance on June 17, 2013.
Parties who gave outside support, but are no longer allies:
- Telugu Desam Party - In the monsoon session of parliament of 2004, the TDP decided not to continue as part of an NDA boycott of parliament. Speculation of an end to the NDA-TDP relationship was confirmed in August of that year, when the BJP and TDP contested local elections in Andhra Pradesh on their own. The TDP was the founding member of the Third Front in 2009.
Past general election alliances of BJP (NDA) (before 2004)
Constituents (2009 election)
Before the election, the NDA comprised the following constituent parties:
|Bhartiya Janata Party|
|Shiromani Akali Dal|
|Indian National Lok Dal|
|Rashtriya Lok Dal|
|Asom Gana Parishad|
|Nagaland People's Front|
|Gorkha Janmukti Morcha|
|Uttarakhand Kranti Dal|
|Kamtapur Progressive Party|
|Ladakh Union Territory Front|
|Mizo National Front|
|Telangana Rashtra Samithi|
|Former Members (after the 2004 election)|
|All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (joined the Third Front)|
|Telugu Desam Party (joined the Third Front)|
|Trinamool Congress (joined the United Progressive Alliance)|
|Biju Janata Dal (joined the Third Front)|
|Indian Federal Democratic Party (merged with Kerala Congress)|
New parties that have joined NDA coalition are Haryana based Haryana Janhit Congress (BL) and Maharastra based Republican Party of India (Athvale). Ajit Singh led Rashtriya Lok Dal has withdrawn from NDA.
- Presidential election
- Vice-Presidential election
On 16 June 2013, Nitish Kumar led Janta Dal United(JD-U) has withdrawn from NDA.
On 13 September 2013, Narendra Modi declared as PM candidate for 2014 Elections
On 11 August 2013, after a discussion with BJP President Rajnath Singh,Subrahmanian Swami officially joined Bharatiya Janata Party
- Small parties, independents in great demand. Retrieved on July 15, 2008.
- "Third Front is born, asks for nation's trust". Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- "Third Front is born, asks for nation's trust". Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- The AGP has formed a seat-sharing agreement with the BJP in Assam, but has indicated that it does not intend to formally join the NDA."AGP announces its candidates for Lok Sabha polls". The Hindu. March 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- http://www.hindu.com/2009/05/11/stories/2009051157250100.htm TRS joins NDA
- "NDA names Jaswant Singh as its vice-presidential candidate". 16 July 2012.