BJP landslide in Uttar Pradesh a boost for India prime minister Narendra Modi

Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party’s emphatic victory in the country’s most populous state is being seen as a broad endorsement of Modi’s policies

Bharatiya Janata party supporters hold up a poster of prime minister Narendra Modi as the party achieves a historic victory in the Uttar Pradesh state elections

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) has won control of the country’s most populous and influential state by an unexpectedly large margin, cementing Narendra Modi’s dominance of Indian politics and putting the prime minister on track for re-election in 2019.

Final results released by the Indian election commission on Saturday showed the BJP had won 311 of 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, enough to form a rare majority government in the north Indian state of 220 million people.

Its chief rival, a coalition between the Congress and the incumbent Samajwadi party, had won just 54 seats and was leading in one more.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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