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India’s Modi suffers biggest state election loss, boosting opposition

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling party was set to lose power in three key states on Tuesday, dealing Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014 and boosting the opposition ahead of national polls next year. The results in the heartland rural states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh could force the federal government run by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to raise spending in the countryside, where more than two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people live.…

Modi declares victory for ruling party in state elections

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared victory Monday (Dec 18) in two state elections, including a closely-fought race in his stronghold of Gujarat where the charismatic leader fronted the campaign. Modi thanked voters in Gujarat, his home state in India's west, and the northern Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh, for backing the ruling Hindu national party in the local polls. Read More: Modi alleges Pakistan meddling in Gujarat elections, Foreign Office rebuffs claim "I bow to the people of Gujarat…