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EFSAS comments on the results of the Indian General Elections 2024


Modi, long used to unbridled dominance, now finds himself in a situation where he will not only have to cede substantial political space and power to his alliance partners of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), but will also become vulnerable to pressure from other senior leaders within his own party who have been sitting on the wings for a decade, and from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the powerful ideological fountainhead of the right-wing BJP. The centrist Congress, on the other hand, has been buoyed by the election results even if it did not win the 130-odd seats it had targeted, more so as the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) coalition that it headed won as many as 234 seats in total. This coalition could not only form a powerful opposition to the new NDA government, but as is the nature of coalition politics, would be ready to pounce should some of the NDA constituents become disgruntled at some stage.


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