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India polls: BJP cheers as trends show alliance shoot past simple majority

Published on May 16, 2014 1:03 PM

NEW DELHI - Celebrations broke out early on among Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) supporters as the latest trends showed the party and its allies leading in over 300 seats. The halfway mark is 272 in a 534 seat Parliament.

The Congress continued to perform poorly leading in 63 seats with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who led the party's campaign in these elections, in a battle for retain his family seat of Amethi, in early trends, which could change as the votes are counted.

Mr Gandhi was challenged on his home turf by former soap opera actress turned Smriti Irani and Aam Aadmi party's Kumar Vishwas, a poet cum stand up comedian.

BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who was well on his way to becoming the country's next prime minister was leading from both the seats of Vadodara in his home state of Gujarat and Varanasi in the central state of Uttar Pradesh.

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