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India's BJP wins first majority in 30 years: official results

Published on May 17, 2014 5:03 AM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has won a majority in parliament after official results showed Saturday it had crossed the crucial 272-seat mark in the 543-member parliament.

Figures from the Election Commission showed the BJP, led by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, had won 275 constituencies and was leading in another seven where counting was still taking place.

The last party to win a majority was the left-leaning Congress in 1984 which suffered its worst-ever defeat on Friday with a projected 44 seats.

Modi, a four-time chief minister of India's western Gujarat state, also won landslide victories in both the constituencies where he was contesting. He is expected to give up one of them.

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