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India polls: Early trends show BJP on way to form next govt

Published on May 16, 2014 12:25 PM
An Indian pedestrian walks past a hoarding featuring images of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime-ministerial election candidate Narendra Modi and Congress Party prime-ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi on a roadside in New Delhi on May 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI - As counting proceeded in India' general election on Friday, trends indicated that the Bharatiya Janata Party was well on its way to one of its strongest electoral performances and would be able to form the next government with ease.

Celebrations broke out early in the morning among BJP supporters in the Gujarat, the home state of Mr Narendra Modi, as trends showed the party leading in over 249 seats and the Congress trailing at a poor 77.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi trailed in his Gandhi stronghold of Amethi behind BJP candidate Smriti Irani in the early trends, which could change as the counting proceeds.

But Mr 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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