Legislative elections were held in India, the world's largest democracy and a Republic, in four phases between April 20 and May 10,2004. Over 670 million people were eligible to vote, electing 543 members of the 14th Lok Sabha. The Lok Sabha, or "House of the People," is the directly elected lower house of the Parliament of India). On May 13, the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its alliance National Democratic Alliance conceded defeat. The Indian National Congress was able to put together a comfortable majority of more than 335 members out of 543 with the help of its allies under the direction of Indian National Congress. The 335 members included both the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, the governing coalition formed after the election, as well as external support from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Kerala Congress (KC) and the Left Front. (External support is support from parties that are not part of the governing coalition). Congress President Sonia Gandhi surprised observers by declining to become the new prime minister, instead asking former Finance Minister Manmohan Singh, a respected economist, to head the new government.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Militant Socialist Movement/Mauritian Militant Movement (MSM/MMM) was a coalition party that formed the government of the Republic of Mauritius from September 2000 to July 2005.The coalition was known as the "Medpoint Deal" and was formed by former Prime Minister and actual President Sir Anerood Jugnauth on the 14th August 2000.It was the most famous political alliance that Mauritian Politics ever had. It was the first time that the country was experience a social change, Paul Berenger would become Prime Minister out of this deal and would be the first-non Hindu to hold such powerful post.
Rodziah Ismail is a prominent Malaysian politician. She represents the state constituency of Batu Tiga in the Selangor State Assembly. She is also the Welfare, Women's Affairs, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee Chairman in the Selangor State Executive Councillor, which is equivalent to a state cabinet post. She is from Parti Keadilan Rakyat, which is part of the Pakatan Rakyat coalition government in Selangor. On 28 August 2009, a group of Malaysian Muslims staged a protest against the proposal that a Hindu shrine be relocated to a predominantly Muslim neighborhood. The 50 or so protestors marched from a mosque to the Selangor state government headquarters at the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Building with the head of a cow an animal deemed sacred in Hinduism and "stomped on the head and spat on it before leaving the site".