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India polls: Modi family swells with pride at tea boy-turned-PM

Published on May 16, 2014 5:11 PM
The Chief Minister of India's western Gujarat state and main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, Mr Narendra Modi, interacts with his brother's children at the home of his mother Hira Ba in Gandhinagar, about 23 kms from Ahmedabad on May 16, 2014. India's triumphant Hindu nationalists declared "the start of a new era" in the world's biggest democracy as the ruling Congress conceded defeat in elections that exposed anger about sickly economic growth and rampant corruption. -- PHOTO: AFP

UNJHA, India (AFP) - As she savoured the prospect of her brother Narendra becoming India's prime minister, Ms Vasantiben Modi chortled at the idea that a one-time tea boy would soon be calling the shots over Delhi's traditional elite.

"They can't believe it, can't believe that someone from such a simple background could beat them," Ms Vasantiben told AFP from her modest two-storey home, close to the town in Gujarat where the siblings grew up.

Results on Friday showed Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist party and its allies headed for a landslide win over the secular Congress party that has ruled India for all but 13 years of its history as an independent nation.

Congress's election frontman was Rahul Gandhi, the latest in a bloodline which has already provided three of India's prime ministers.

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