India polls: Ruling Congress party concedes election defeat

Men sit under a banner carrying a portrait of chief of India's Congress party Sonia Gandhi outside the Congress office in New Delhi May 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Men sit under a banner carrying a portrait of chief of India's Congress party Sonia Gandhi outside the Congress office in New Delhi May 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's ruling Congress party conceded defeat on Friday after 10 years in power as early election results showed a landslide win for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party under hardline leader Narendra Modi.

"We accept defeat. We are ready to sit in the opposition," senior Congress leader and spokesman Rajeev Shukla told reporters at party headquarters in New Delhi.

"Modi promised the moon and stars to the people. People bought that dream," he added.