Narendra Modi

KARNATAKA POLL WIN VINDICATES MODI AHEAD OF 2019 ELECTIONS INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party was set on Tuesday (15) to win the largest number of seats in a big southern state poll, giv­ing him momentum for a re-election bid next year and opening the path for more reforms. A government in Karnataka led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will help Modi silence critics who said his popularity had waned after the rocky adop­tion of a nationwide sales tax and a ban on high-value bank notes late in 2016. The BJP was leading in 105 seats in Karnataka’s 225-member state assembly,…