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Will BJP expand its Bihar NDA model to Maharashtra and cede more space to Sena?

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Is the strength of an alliance decided by the strength of its largest constituent party? Or the clout enjoyed by each of its constituent members? The National Democratic Alliance will soon find out which of this is the truer precept. During the 1998 to 2004 period the BJP and its NDA partners enjoyed an admirable working relationship.

Key ministries like Defence, Railways, Commerce and Industry, and Environment and Forest, were with allies. Regional leaders like George Fernandes were given pride of place by AB Vajpayee and they also served as crisis managers at important junctures. The strong regional flavour to the NDA also helped it pass key legislations like POTA despite lacking the Rajya Sabha numbers.

With the BJP powering to 282 in 2014, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah had little need for allies to run the central........

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