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As Modi takes a beating at Indian polls, small parties see big chance

Narendra Modi

By: Sarwar Alam

After suffering an electoral thrashing at the hands of prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party in 2014, India‘s small regional and caste-based parties are back in the reckoning months ahead of the next general election. Losses for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced in three key states on Tuesday – blamed mainly on rural anger at weak farm prices and sluggish job creation – have opened the door for new and old alliances between the main opposition Congress and smaller parties bitterly opposed to Modi. Most political strategists still expect the BJP to cling on to national power, albeit with…

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