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Modi must advance elections by a full year to lose no more than 75 seats

If Modi govt wants to lose no more than 50-75 seats, next general election should be brought forward by a year

Manmohan Shetty
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Manmohan Shetty

Manmohan Shetty is the man behind Adlabs, IMAX, the indie film movement (Ardh Satya, Chakra and others), and many other firsts in the Indian film business. In 2013, he set up the rather ambitious and much-awarded Imagica Theme Park. In a free-wheeling conversation with Vanita Kohli-Khandekar, the normally-reticent Shetty tackles questions around inadequate footfalls. Edited excerpts:
Modi must advance elections
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Modi must advance elections

In December 1987 some people in the Congress suggested to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi that rather than wait till December 1989 for his full term to run out, he should hold the next general election in 1988 itself. There were strong reasons for this. Things were going very badly indeed for Rajiv.
No longer a cakewalk
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No longer a cakewalk

For the Bharatiya Janata Party's supporters, the growing belief that the party is no longer as favourably placed as before must be both bewildering and disheartening.

They must be wondering what could have gone wrong when the BJP was looking forward to not only a comfortable victory in 2019 but was also planning to celebrate the 75th year of India's independence in 2022.

The talk of a "New India" under the BJP's near-permanent control was in the air with both Nitish Kumar and Omar Abdullah from two opposite sides of the political spectrum saying that faced no challenge.

UP, Bihar by-polls
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UP, Bihar by-polls

The BJP on Monday announced candidates for the by-elections to the seats of and in and Araira in Bihar, scheduled to be held on March 11.testing.. we are here....

The party has fielded former of Varanasi, Kaushlendra Singh Patel as its candidate from while Upendra Shukla would contest from

The picked former as its candidate for the Araria by-election.

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First Published: Mon, February 19 2018. 15:22 IST