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The Cold Shoulder

The odds are against the BJP, bar hara-kiri by the Congress

The Cold Shoulder
Gireesh G.V.
The Cold Shoulder
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The most popular estimate is that there will be a hung assembly with the Congress emerging as the single largest party. Even the BJP ranks claiming victory admit a tough fight and say the party will be ahead only by a thin margin of seats—nowhere close to the clean sweep in the previous polls. Congressmen, though, put out an optimistic figure of 30 out of 70 assembly seats in the state and hope to form a government with support from secular parties like the SP.

Carved out of UP only 14 months ago, the very coming into being of Uttaranchal as a separate state has drastically reconfigured the political and social equations in the new state. Seventy new assembly segments were created from 23 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh. This has reoriented voters who say they will no longer vote blindly for a party but have begun to weigh the influence of a candidate in his constituency.

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