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Attendees hold a Congress banner during an event in New Delhi | T. Narayan/Bloomberg

There are very few BJP strongholds or Congress bastions in India. Data shows why

‘Party stronghold’ concept is perhaps a marketing ploy by local politicians to attract voters to the preferred party or to extract resources from candidates.
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It’s a myth that 2014 election was exceptional in the vote share of winning candidates

At the constituency level, the 2009 election was the most competitive election India witnessed in the last five decades.
Congress supporters and workers during an election campaign rally by Rahul Gandhi

In numbers: The rise and fall and rise in Congress vote share in Gujarat

In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress had a 32.9 per cent vote share while in the 2012 Gujarat assembly election, it was 38.9 per cent.

On Camera

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Why does the Right-wing want to ‘occupy’ Delhi’s liberal hotspot Khan Market?

BJP's Ram Madhav took party workers to Khan Market to celebrate the Lok Sabha victory to assert the "new political ideology and culture".

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.