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Ten things to look out for while reading the elections 2014 results

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BJP crossing 50 in Uttar Pradesh?
Will show extent of ‘Modi wave’ in UP, India. Will virtually ensure Modi’s victory; signal party’s revival in UP, with long-term implications for national politics.

Mulayam winning Azamgarh?
It’s a Muslim-dominated seat. Will indicate extent of polarisation.

AAP touching double digits?
Will herald arrival of a new national player with serious implications for Congress.

Results in the Gandhis’ seats?
Even a dent in margin will show rejection of Nehru-Gandhi style of politics, governance.

BJP, ALLIES breakthrough in TN?
Victory at 4-5 seats will indicate Modi’s pan-Indian appeal, make BJP serious player in Dravidian politics.

Congress showing in Andhra?
Performance in Telangana, Seemandhra will be verdict on Congress’s ‘divide and rule’ gambit.

Over a dozen seats for Lalu?
Will reflect Muslim opinion of Nitish’s divorce with BJP; continuing dominance of caste.

Naveen’s showing in Orissa?
Loss of ground, will weaken him as potential central player; BJP could threaten Congress position in state.

A few SEATS for BJP in Bengal?
Indicator of ‘Modi wave’, longterm implications for state politics.

Congress comeback in Punjab?
Will confirm anti-incumbency, force the Badal family to rethink.

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