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The high and the low of a poll verdict


Elections are all about winning and losing. While there is jubilation in the camps of victorious parties, there is shock and despair in those that receive a drubbing at the hustings. Here, we capture the moods of leaders and their followers, as voting trends of the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections started flowing on Friday.




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