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How do state or regional political parties contribute in strengthening federalism and democracy in India? Explain with examples. 

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State parties are commonly referred to as regional parties such parties play a significant role in strengthening federalism and democracy in India— 

(i) Over the last three decades, the number and strength of these parties has expanded. This made the Parliament of India politically more and more diverse. 

(ii) In the present political scenario no one national party is able to secure on its own a majority in the Lok Sabha. In such circumstances, state political parties come forward to join hands with the national resulting in the formation of alliances. 

(iii) Since 1996, nearly every one of the state party has got an opportunity to be a part of one or the other national level coalition government. This has contributed to the strengthening of federalism and democracy in our country.

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