India’s ruling party claims first northeastern state


India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party claimed victory in Assam elections on Thursday, marking the first time the Hindu nationalist party has won control of a state in the country’s restive northeast. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was a historic victory and promised to “fulfil the dreams and aspirations” of people in Assam, where ethnic and religious tensions and a myriad of rebel insurgencies have held back development. The win is a boost to the BJP after a slew of state election defeats, and a major blow to the Congress party, its main rival on the national political stage. Counting…

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