All The Trumps
- BJP-Sena on a good wicket. Modi candidature, Uddhav’s resurgence, tie-ups with SSS, RPI all help.
- Cong-NCP infighting, corruption allegations weakening their cause
- Even MNS, NCP trying to build bridges with the BJP. But the Shiv Sena is not having any of it.
- SSS breech of NCP’s western Maharashtra stronghold will mean more seats for Mahayuti alliance
On January 27, when the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi delivered a politically loaded speech at Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course, he had already clocked three rallies in Maharashtra in a span of just 30 days. The occasion, the 51st anniversary of Lata Mangeshkar’s patriotic song Aae Mere Watan ke Logon, lent itself to the perfect pitch that Modi would have wanted in Mumbai: Pakistan bashing. As Modi went about his routine, stoking the emotions of a city repeatedly battered by “Pak-sponsored terrorism”, the cheers from...