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Political Parties of India

TCPD–PPI is a dataset on all political parties that have contested national and state elections in India since 1962.

This dataset is a repository of all parties that have contested national and state elections in India since 1962. 

Over the years, many parties have changed their names or the ways their name is abbreviated. This can lead to discrepancies in the analysis of party performance over time. In this dataset, we have used our trademark tool Surf, to assign a unique identifier, or numerical party ID (for example, Congress, INC, Indian National Congress were all assigned the ID number 3482). With these IDs, it becomes possible to study the trajectory of parties and also collate aggregate figures on party performance over time. Furthermore, it also offers more credibility to the study of turncoats who can now be mapped through their party ID rather than simply through their names.

In time, we will add more variables to this dataset, such as the year of registration and the name of founding presidents (or equivalent). We hope you find this dataset useful and request that you cite the data as indicated in the codebook, whenever you use the data in a publication or public presentation. 

If a variable(s) drawn from the TCDP-PPI dataset plays an important role in your project (published or unpublished), please use all the suggested citations below: 

“TCPD Political Parties of India Dataset (TCPD-PPI), 1962-current”,Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Ashoka University.

“TCPD Political Parties of India Dataset (TCPD-PPI), 1962-current Codebook 1.0″, Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Ashoka University

Ananay Agarwal, Neelesh Agrawal, Saloni Bhogale, Sudheendra Hangal, Francesca Refsum Jensenius, Mohit Kumar, Chinmay Narayan, Basim U Nissa, Priyamvada Trivedi, and Gilles Verniers. 2021.