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Election results give Modi’s rivals some hope

Friday, May 7, 2021

Significance

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), retained a majority in Assam and won in Puducherry. It fared less well elsewhere: the BJP failed to gain power in West Bengal, despite campaigning especially hard there.

Impacts

  • Violence in West Bengal involving rival supporters will likely continue for several more weeks.
  • BJP strategists will now focus on the 2022 Uttar Pradesh election, determined to ensure the party holds power in that key state.
  • Congress, India’s main opposition party, faces a deepening crisis of confidence after its underwhelming poll performance.

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