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Kerala is now BJP's next staging post to increase its vote share

BJP wants to replicate the Nagaland model, taking minorities with it. In the N-E, critics even dubbed it the 'Bharatiya Jesus Party'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) with Union Home Minister Amit Shah (right).
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File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) with Union Home Minister Amit Shah (right).

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A Hallelujah Chorus, followed by an invocation by a Baptist Church pastor, is most likely to fasten on a Christian event. However, this was the swearing-in of Neiphiu Rio, who is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as Nagaland chief minister (CM) on March 8. More importantly, this was in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President J P Nadda, and Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
 
According to political experts and party functionaries, this is the model the BJP wants to replicate down south in Kerala, taking the minorities along with

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First Published: Mar 19 2023 | 9:33 PM IST

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