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Ebbing away

Print edition : April 13, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with party leaders Amit Shah (right), Lal Krishna Advani and Sushma Swaraj at the BJP parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi on March 23. Photo: Manvender Vashist/PTI

Modi meets N. Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, in New Delhi on January 12. Photo: PTI

Samajwadi Party supporters celebrate with posters of party chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati after the party’s victory in the byelections to the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha seats, in Lucknow on March 14. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath campaigning in Phulpur in Allahabad, on March 8. Photo: SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP

United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi poses for a photograph with opposition leaders before the dinner party at her residence on March 13. Photo: PTI

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with her Telangana counterpart, K. Chandrashekhar Rao, in Kolkata on March 19. Photo: Ashok Bhaumik/PTI

The byelection results from the Hindi heartland are the latest signal that the mood is turning among voters who pitched the BJP into power with a huge mandate in 2014 and the aura of invincibility around Narendra Modi and his regime is fading.
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