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Bihar Verdict for Modi

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost a key, prized state election in Bihar. His party’s alliance had done stupendously well in the state in the general elections in 2014, winning three-fourths of the seats. But, in the state elections, the incumbent tied up a better coalition.

 

I am not a party-politics person, having never ever been passionately devoted to any political party. Inspired by Communism, possibly because of my Kolkata roots, I was nevertheless disillusioned and disgusted by the orchestrated violence and criminal neglect in West Bengal, after 30 plus years of CPM rule in my home state.

 

“It’s not right to have over-exposed him in this way”

 

A win in Bihar could propel the party in either direction. Win and continue with the winning formula of polarisation is just as likely as win and return to the development agenda.

 

Arhar dal to khichdi, cow to quota, ‘jungle raj’ to vikas vote. Vandita Mishra lists the A to Z of one of India’s most watched polls.

 

While the Bihar results would not diminish the image of PM Modi in any way, certainly he would feel more justified to discipline his own party men, including a few cabinet ministers who have created more problems than providing help, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 

With days to go for the India Africa Forum Summit in October, a tussle broke out between the External Affairs Ministry and the BJP satraps, as it became clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have to fly to Bihar for campaign rallies even while the Heads of State or government were in Delhi.

 

Indian voters decisively rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party in a crucial regional election billed as a referendum on his leadership, held amid growing criticism of his government and on the eve of a high-profile visit to the UK. 

 
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The BJP-led NDA could have won this election easily, by repeating Modi, vikas and naukri over and over again. A recap of how they lost the script entirely

 


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