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Battles won and lost

Print edition : June 10, 2016

Members of the Narikurava community after casting their votes in Devarayaneri near Tiruchi on May 16. Photo: M. Moorthy

Mamata Banerjee greeting party workers near her residence on May 19, when the results were announced. Photo: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP

Jayalalithaa addressing the media at her residenceon May 19. Photo: G. SRIBHARATH

Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala's new Chief Minister and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member. Photo: C. RATHEESH KUMAR

Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam's new Chief Minister, at the BJP headquarters in Guwahati on May 20. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi at Veer Bhumi, Rajiv Gandhi's samadhi in New Delhi, on May 21. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Regional parties retain their importance in national politics as Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa score back-to-back victories, the BJP and the Left get a mixed bag, and the Congress fails to check its decline.
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