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Print edition : January 05, 2018

Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, BJP president Amit Shah, Home Minitser Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj greet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the party headquarters in New Delhi on December 18. Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP

Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrives at Parliament House to attend the winter session of Parliament as results of the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat start coming in. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

BJP workers celebrate the party's victory at “Kamalam”, the party office in Gandhinagar on December 18. Photo: Vijay Soneji

Congress supporters celebrate the victory their candidate in Ahmedabad on December 18. Photo: Vijay Soneji

Ahmed Patel, Congress leader. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The BJP survives an electoral scare in Gujarat by resorting to its time-tested politics of communal polarisation, but the verdict destroys the Modi-Amit Shah combine’s aura of invincibility.
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