Bangalore: With the Congress unable to regain its former hold over voters and with no one in a position to defeat India`s grand old party on its own, regional forces are increasingly filling up political space across the country.
These parties are disliked in public by the two dominant parties, the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), despised in private because of their clout, but wooed with generous seat-sharing arrangements before elections or with plum cabinet posts later.
India`s regional parties, it is clear, are here to stay.
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