Guesswork and the elections

This is one of those strange elections, lacking a theme and unfolding with a sense of drift. It is different from 2004 on the sensory side. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under Atal Bihari Vajpayee joined battle 15 years ago with great confidence in message and victory. When the numbers came in many in the media and middle class were taken aback by the BJP’s defeat despite, or perhaps because of, ‘India Shining’. That particular message and campaign seemed so inspirational and winning that it seemed a done deal.   In 2019, this is not so. Others have observed the neg.....

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