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Contradictions abound

Political compulsions are driving compromises

United We Stand, opposition meet
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As Tuesday’s competing demonstrations of strength in Bengaluru and New Delhi showed, politics is the art of the possible. However, the two conglomerations — the 26-member INDIA, or Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance, and brought back from the dead National Democratic Alliance, or NDA, with 38 members — are rife with contradictions. But the compulsions of beating 10-year anti-incumbency in 2024 have the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) perform ideological contortions to return to its big-tent politics of 1998 to 2004, which it practically abandoned once it won a Lok Sabha majority of its own in 2014 and repeated the feat

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First Published: Jul 20 2023 | 10:32 PM IST

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