BJP persists with status-quo as of now to ensure smooth transition later.
L K Advani expected to retire from active politics in the wake of severe drubbing received by party in polls.
BJP ran a negative campaign — whether it was calling the PM weak, or trying to resurrect historic issues. It had nothing to offer people than talking about personalities, little wonder it lost.
The party with a difference was neither found mazboot (strong) nor capable of providing a nirnayak (decisive) govt. L K Advani's magic just didn't work.
NDA's efforts to shore up numbers in the post-poll scenario got a boost.
Gowda Junior drives out of parking lot to UPA; PM clarifies Nitish remark.
The fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls may be covering just 85 constituencies, straddling seven states and a union territory, but its outcome will be keenly awaited by the three main political players -the Congress, the BJP and the CPM.
The effectiveness of the BJP's decision to forge a pre-poll alliance with former Union minister Ajit Singh's Rashtriya Lok Dal and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's hold over his caste-members as also the Muslims will be on test during the fourth phase of polls in Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP's ability to stave off the Congress' challenge in its strongholds of Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat, optimise its gains.
The third phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, which will cover 107 constituencies scattered across nine states and two union territories, is crucial for BJP.
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