Early results on Friday from India’s five-week long general election indicated a landslide victory for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi.
The alliance led by the Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP had already won or was winning 338 parliamentary seats, far more than the majority of 272 required to rule, Reuters reported. Even on its own, the BJP was ahead in 283 seats, giving Modi the most decisive mandate for an Indian prime minister in 30 years.
A total of 543 seats are up for grabs in India’s parliament. The United Progressive Alliance led by India’s National Congress party, which has been in power for the last decade, was leading in just 68 seats – its worst-ever showing.
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