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Rude awakening

Print edition : April 26, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a campaign rally in Along, Arunachal Pradesh, on March 30. Photo: Anupam Nath/AP

Congress president Rahul Gandhi at an event marking the release of the party manifesto in New Delhi on April 2. Photo: T. Narayan/Bloomberg

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Lalu Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal. Photo: Ranjeet Kumar

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Photo: Swapan Mahapatra/AP

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu. Photo: PTI

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Photo: Vivek Bendre

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader M.K. Stalin. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. Photo: asdfasd

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Photo: Arun Sharma/PTI

Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar. Photo: Subhav Shukla/PTI

The BJP realises that its muscular nationalism evokes little response from people and returns to its traditional campaign style aimed at communal polarisation.
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