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Time to wake up to bigger picture

The reversal of fortunes in Bihar bypolls might have left a bitter taste in BJP’s mouth, but it will do the stalwarts of the ruling party at the centre a whole lot of good to start digging deeper. The alliance of Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal United (JD-U) and the Congress in the state has outsmarted the BJP-LJP combine, which had upended the splintered former camp in the Lok Sabha polls. While in the bypolls, six out of 10 seats have been scooped up as a result of Lalu-Nitish bonhomie, it was a very different situation only three months back when 28 of 40 parliamentary seats went to BJP-LJP entente.

Evidently, what has changed in barely 100 days of the unprecedented countrywide mandate obtained by the Narendra Modi-led NDA alliance is the mood of the nation. Ground realities and focus on local development are fast becoming the moot points which would once again decide the fate of political parties. Hence, provincial equations will be reset and, as happened in the case of Bihar, former antagonists would come together to stop on the tracks the burgeoning political fortunes of an increasingly jingoistic BJP.

There is some grain of truth in the observations that find people getting more and more impatient with the palpable slide from Narendra Modi’s original emphasis on across-the-board development. In addition, there’s indeed a realisation dawning upon a frustrated populace that communal fire might overwhelm even the Modi wave if it is allowed to spread too wide.     
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