After State Election Losses, India’s Modi Must Reckon With Rural Discontent

Supporters of India’s opposition Congress party hold a cut-out of party leader Rahul Gandhi as they celebrate outside the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Dec. 11, 2018 (AP photo).
Supporters of India’s opposition Congress party hold a cut-out of party leader Rahul Gandhi as they celebrate outside the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, Dec. 11, 2018 (AP photo).
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India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was ousted from power in three key state elections last week in a rebuke of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration. The results in the heartland rural states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will likely force Modi to make adjustments in his economic policy priorities as the BJP gears up for general elections set to take place this coming spring. The recent vote also provided a much-needed boost to the opposition Indian National Congress, which captured outright majorities in the state legislatures of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh while falling just short of a majority in Madhya […]

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