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India polls: Leaders of opposition BJP meet to plan post-poll strategy

Published on May 14, 2014 9:19 PM
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh (C) speaks to the media in Ahmedabad where he met with party prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on May14, 2014. Party bigwigs held a meeting allegedly to discuss strategy ahead of results to be announced on Friday. BJP is expected to sweep the polls. --PHOTO: EPA 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Leaders of India's Hindu nationalist opposition huddled in meetings Wednesday to discuss strategy after exit polls forecast a sweeping victory for the party when results of the marathon election are announced in two days.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi, who campaigned on a pledge of development, investment and jobs, is expected to become India's 14th prime minister at the head of a BJP-led coalition after the official results Friday.

Senior party figures Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj, who are all expected to hold major cabinet positions, met in New Delhi. "We've got lots to discuss," said Mr Singh, referring to post-poll scenarios and strategies.

Mr Singh, currently the BJP president, was mum on who would get which senior jobs.

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