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Indian Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Gujarat Indian Chief Minister, Narendra Modi (C) speaks during a political rally in Ahmedabad on December 20, 2012. Controversial Hindu nationalist Modi secured a landslide poll victory in the Indian state of Gujarat, firming up his chances of running for prime minister in 2014. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY Photo: AFP

Indian Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) Gujarat Indian Chief Minister, Narendra Modi (C) speaks during a political rally in Ahmedabad on December 20, 2012. Controversial Hindu nationalist Modi secured a landslide poll victory in the Indian state of Gujarat, firming up his chances of running for prime minister in 2014. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY Photo: AFP

At a rally in Ahmedabad. In the background, portraits of senior BJP leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani and party president Nitin Gadkari. Afile picture. Photo: Ajit Solanki/AP

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley at a news conference at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on October 17. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Show of solidarity by Modi and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar at an NDA rally in Ludhiana. A file picture. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

BJP Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh). Photo: PTI

Narendra Modi’s hat-trick and the clamour for a bigger role for him at the national level have the political energy to bring about a comprehensive generational change in the BJP, trigger a rift in the NDA, and cause social polarisation in the country.
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