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6 reasons why 2019 is still Narendra Modi’s to lose

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Narendra Modi is down but not out.

Just because the BJP has lost critical state polls, which were dubbed ‘semi-finals’, there is no certainty that it will also lose the finals. It does appear a team less strong with the shock defeat, but it is still stronger than the opposition.

The election results on 11 December are a timely warning about the public mood. The warning may serve its purpose: Narendra Modi now knows where exactly the BJP stands in the public eye. It knows it can’t take 2019 for granted. It is not going to be re-elected on the basis of what it has done in five years – voters are clearly not too euphoric about it.

Modi has four months to shape a new narrative, show a new dream. He can see the writing on the wall – the big risks for him are farmers who are angry about not having enough money in their pockets, upper castes who feel they are being taken for granted, party workers who think the leaders have become too arrogant to listen to them.

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The Congress has won these states more because of the anti-incumbency wave against the BJP and less because of its positive message, although its promises on farm loan waivers and........

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