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But the big chal­lenges be­fore Modi are how to win over Mus­lim vot­ers on his de­vel­op­ment- for- all, ap­pease­ment­for- none agenda or at least keep it neu­tral, en­sur­ing that Mus­lims don’t vote against him as a block. Ut­tar Pradesh has 18.5 per cent Mus­lim vot­ers and Bi­har has 16.5 per cent, and Modi def­i­nitely wants them on his side.

“It’s like walk­ing a tightrope,” ad­mits an aide. Wher-

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