The Congress is strong only in parts of its erstwhile bastion, particularly Chandrapur where it has three seats, but has been slowly yielding space to the BJP.
The rise of the Sena in Mumbai four decades ago paved the way for the party’s dominance in Konkan which was once the mainstay of socialist parties.
The community holds the key to success in more than 40 Assembly segments in the 90-member Assembly.
“Fifteen years of continuous rule leads to enormous anti-incumbency,” said Pol.
Six months on, what looked like a BJP wave seems to have ebbed, throwing the field wide open.
Too many leaders have left the Congress for its comfort, mostly because of differences with Hooda.
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The BJP’s decision to go it alone in the state has forced Uddhav and Raj to redraw their poll plans.
It might not prove as easy as the BJP hopes as it looks at a massive leap from four seats to an absolute majority.
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