Modi’s party wins India’s biggest state

AFP-Jiji NEW DELHI (AFP-Jiji) — Narendra Modi’s party won a landslide victory in India’s most populous state on Saturday in a massive vote of confidence for the prime minister halfway into his first term.

Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won a surprise absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh in the north, which is home to 220 million people and seen as a key indicator of national politics.

Party leader Amit Shah called the win a “historic mandate” for the BJP, which also won a majority in the mountainous northern state of Uttarakhand, and claimed it would be able to form governments in Goa and Manipur. The BJP won 311 of the total 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, according to the election commission website.Speech

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