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WHERE DOES THE BJP GO FROM HERE?

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➘ A SECTION OF BJP leaders describes the separation as a blessing in disguise, as the saffron party will have an opportunit­y to expand

➘ THOUGH THE BJP has grown from strength to strength in Bihar, it has proved no match to the combined might of Lalu and Nitish, as was proved in the 2015 assembly polls

➘ WITH LALU AND

NITISH having strong OBC-Muslim and EBCMahadal­it consolidat­ion in their favour, the BJP seems yet to decide whether to pursue aggressive Hindutva and hypernatio­nalism or change tack to aggressive backward politics

➘ HAVING CHANGED ITS ENTIRE Bihar team after the 2020 polls—apart from retaining just one minister from the previous cabinet—the BJP will have to make a difficult choice—whether to bring back old but trusted hands like Sushil Modi back to Bihar or continue with the new, aggressive lot that has failed to deliver

➘ THE BJP IS LEFT with just the two Paswans—Union minister Pashupati Kumar Paras and his estranged nephew Chirag Paswan—as allies in Bihar. The two Paswans have no presence in the assembly.

 ?? ?? HAPPY/ANGRY Bihar BJP chieftains stage a dharna in Patna, August 10
HAPPY/ANGRY Bihar BJP chieftains stage a dharna in Patna, August 10

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