Now That the State Assembly Elections are Over, What’s the Grand Alliance’s Grand Plan for 2019?

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Now That the State Assembly Elections are Over, What’s the Grand Alliance’s Grand Plan for 2019?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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here has been an air of cautious optimism ever since the results of the five state assembly elections began filtering in yesterday. The trifecta of defeats suffered by the BJP in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh has shown that the Opposition is not as hapless as the ruling party might have presumed. The Mahagathbandhan, or Grand Alliance, could prove to be a serious thorn in the BJP’s side during next year’s Lok Sabha elections, particularly if – against all expectations – it morphs into a cohesive unit by then.

As the euphoria of Modi’s sweeping win in 2014 died out, replaced by the thankless job of governance, the BJP has lost its invincible aura. And the signs have been visible for a while now.

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