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BJP trails in vote count of three state polls, in setback for Modi

Updated : December 11, 2018 10:19 AM IST

Analysts say a big loss for the BJP would signal rural dismay and help unite opposition to Modi, though his personal popularity remains high, despite criticism that he was unable to deliver on promises to create jobs for young people and improve conditions for farmers.
The elections are also a test for Rahul Gandhi, the chief of the main opposition Congress party, who is trying to forge a broad alliance with regional groups to mount the most serious challenge to Modi yet in the election that must be held by May.
BJP trails in vote count of three state polls, in setback for Modi

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