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India’s BJP picks firebrand to head Uttar Pradesh state

NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi's right-wing party BJP Saturday picked a controversial firebrand leader to head India's most populous state, where it won a landslide victory last week. Bharatiya Janata Party won an absolute majority in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, home to 220 million people and seen as a bellwether of national politics, in a massive vote of confidence for the premier halfway into his first term. After an hours-long meeting with local BJP legislators on Saturday, senior party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu…