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Delhi by-election: Bawana bombshell for BJP

Amit Shah's style of functioning productively in many polls was detrimental to the BJP's interests

Radhika Ramaseshan  |  New Delhi 

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) defeat in Delhi’s Bawana by-election on August 28 is perhaps a smudge on its president Amit Shah’s ledger of electoral wins and losses. To BJP observers, the voters’ rebuff of Ved Prakash — a defector from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to the BJP who was “gifted” the ticket reportedly against the claims of more “deserving” contenders — revealed an unknown aspect of Shah’s working style: His resolve to redeem a promise made impulsively or after forethought at the peril of ...

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First Published: Sun, September 03 2017. 21:33 IST
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