Reporting from Delhi during election season, it would have been tempting to come away with the conclusion that Narendra Modi’s ruling national party, the BJP, were a sure thing to seize back power of the capital’s assembly.
Under Modi and his home minister Amit Shah, the BJP has become a vast and well-oiled election-winning machine. While Congress – the party of Gandhi and Nehru – has been in decline, Modi’s Hindu nationalists stormed to a landslide victory in the 2014 general election and then, last year, did even better.
Their strategy for the Delhi election, which was held on Saturday and the results counted yesterday, was to bring down upon the capital all their nation-leading might at once.
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