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

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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. As the scale of the victory became clear, Modi tweeted that he was overjoyed his party had “received unprecedented support from all sections of society”…

Read more : The Guardian, 12.03.2017