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Lessons from Gujarat Elections

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By K.N. Pandita

BJP has won a landslide victory in 2007 assembly elections in Gujarat for the fourth consecutive term.

This election is an important landmark in the evolution of democracy in this country. It was the first ever election in post-independence India in which unfortunately vicious communal, clan and community sentiments were whipped up by contesting parties to denigrate their opponents; they did not hesitate even to divide Gujarat into pro and against regions like north, middle and south Gujarat.

Communal card has been vigorously played in Gujarat after the tragic incident of Godhra. Congress and the Left made Narendra Modi their pointed target for vilification. Sections of national press did not lag behind. Who did not know that this was a furtive attempt and a political gimmick to garner minority vote and goodwill?

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