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Relief for Modi as BJP wins in Gujarat

Victory: India’s prime minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad, on December 14

By: Rithika Siddhartha

INDIA’S ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won an election in prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat today (18), the vote count showed, but with a reduced margin, which will be a boost for the opposition. A combined opposition led by the Congress party had mounted a tough challenge in Gujarat, hoping to weaken Modi in his home base by exploiting discontent over a lack of jobs and a national sales tax that hit business. The BJP was ahead in 101 seats in the 182-member state assembly, results showed. A party needs 92 seats to rule the state. Congress,…

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