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India polls: Early vote count puts BJP's Modi on course for resounding win

Published on May 16, 2014 12:03 PM
An Indian election official shows the results on an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) to polling agents at a counting centre in Ghaziabad on May 16, 2014. Early counting trends show a big mandate for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi. --PHOTO: AFP 

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Early counting of results in India's general election put opposition leader Narendra Modi on course for a resounding victory that would hand him a clear mandate for his agenda to revive growth and create jobs.

Early returns showed Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies leading in 260 parliamentary seats. The ruling Congress party alliance was ahead in just 75, according to NDTV news.

Mr Modi was ahead in both of the constituencies he contested - in Vadodara in his home state of Gujarat and in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi.

Rahul Gandhi, who led the Congress campaign, was lagging in the constituency where he stood for election. A loss there would spell disaster for the great grandson of India's independence leader and cast the political future of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty into serious doubt.

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