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Rajasthan : India Shines as BJP Trounces Congress

In Rajasthan, the BJP's domination continued with its twin victories in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections. A combination of national and state level factors was responsible for the party's success. While the NDA government's performance at the centre was viewed favourably, the party was also successful in weaning away the support of large sections of adivasis, dalits and OBCs from the opposition chiefly made up of the Congress and other smaller parties. Besides, the organisational support provided by other Sangh parivar bodies considerably assisted the BJP in its victory. For the Congress, the other player that has dominated Rajasthan's two-party electoral system, the defeat conveyed more worrying signals - of its inability to contain factional infighting and also its failure to build up a convincing social cohesion of castes and communities.

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