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Modi Wins India's Elections

05-23-2019

Indian National Congress president Rahul Gandhi has conceded his parliamentary seat to his rival from the Bharatiya Janata Party, which has claimed a decisive victory in India's general election.
  
Election Commission results showed BJP textiles minister Smriti Irani was ahead by 38,000 votes in Amethi, a longtime Gandhi family bastion in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
  
Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family dynasty, also congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for their win in official counting Thursday.
  
Under Indian law, a candidate can run in more than one constituency, and Gandhi was leading by more than 400,000 votes for a seat in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
  
Vote counting of the estimated 600 million ballots cast in the world's largest democratic exercise began early Thursday and was expected to spill over into Friday.
  

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