Shock losses

Print edition : October 17, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His Lok Sabha campaign promise of lowering prices of essential commodities remains unfulfilled and this is said to have played a big part in the BJP's poor showing in the byelections. Photo: NOAH SEELAM/AFP

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Gorakhpur, a file photograph. The BJP's central leadership suggested that the absence of the BSP helped the S.P. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

In the September round of Assembly byelections, a BJP banking on communal polarisation suffers unimagined defeats that leave the leadership searching for answers.
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