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Hindu nationalists win Gujarat state elections

Hindu nationalists win Gujarat state elections

India's main Hindu nationalist party swept to an impressive election victory Sunday in the western Indian state of Gujarat after a bitter campaign fought in the shadow of deadly 2002 anti-Muslim riots that still scar the state.
The Bharatiya Janata Party won 117 seats in the 182-seat state assembly, according to the election commission. The Congress party, which heads the federal government, won 62, while independents took three seats, it said.
Congress conceded defeat earlier Sunday as early results indicated success for the BJP and its contentious Gujarat leader Narendra Modi, in a poll that many view as a test of party strength ahead of national elections.


Updated : 2021-05-07 09:41 GMT+08:00