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May 13, 2004
The rout of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance in the 14th Lok Sabha election has left almost every political analyst eating their words.
The BJP, which seemed certain of returning to power when it called an election ahead of schedule, has been shocked by ths scale of its defeat.
What led to the BJP's drubbing at the hustings?
Was it its inability to address the common man's grievances?
Was it the 'anti-incumbency' factor?
Or was it just old-fashioned complacency?