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BJP's loss of Hindi belt to Rahul's new image: 7 poll result takeaways

Electoral contests in the immediate future won't be sure-fire saffron walkovers. Each seat in every state could witness tough fights

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi .(Photos: PTI)

The winter of 2018 has sent a chill up the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) spine, and Christmas has come early for the 133-year-old Congress party. At the time of writing, it looks as though in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, the incumbent BJP regimes have been toppled by the Congress in head-to-head contests. Telangana, one of India’s youngest states, has elected nativist Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and a decade-old Congress government has been dislodged by rival Mizo National Front (MNF) in Mizoram. Bottomline 2018: Congress 3, Others 2, BJP ...