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Modi wins historic election victory

BJP President Amit Shah and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi react after the election results in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country after a big election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.

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BJP President Amit Shah and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi react after the election results in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country after a big election win, with his party on course...more

BJP President Amit Shah and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi react after the election results in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country after a big election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 300 of the 542 seats being contested, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament. That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984.

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BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 300 of the 542 seats...more

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 300 of the 542 seats being contested, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament. That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A BJP supporter waves a party flag as he celebrates after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. 

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A BJP supporter waves a party flag as he celebrates after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A BJP supporter waves a party flag as he celebrates after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after the election results in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after the election results in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after the election results in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results in Chandigarh. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results in Chandigarh. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results in Chandigarh. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
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BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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Brokers react after seeing the election result at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai. REUTERS/ Francis Mascarenhas

Brokers react after seeing the election result at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai. REUTERS/ Francis Mascarenhas

Brokers react after seeing the election result at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai. REUTERS/ Francis Mascarenhas
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Supporters of YSR Congress party celebrate outside the house of the party leader Jaganmohan Reddy after learning initial poll results, in Hyderabad. REUTERS/Vinod Babu

Supporters of YSR Congress party celebrate outside the house of the party leader Jaganmohan Reddy after learning initial poll results, in Hyderabad. REUTERS/Vinod Babu

Supporters of YSR Congress party celebrate outside the house of the party leader Jaganmohan Reddy after learning initial poll results, in Hyderabad. REUTERS/Vinod Babu
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Supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC) celebrate after learning the initial poll results, in Howrah. REUTERS/Ranita Roy

Supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC) celebrate after learning the initial poll results, in Howrah. REUTERS/Ranita Roy

Supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC) celebrate after learning the initial poll results, in Howrah. REUTERS/Ranita Roy
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Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning initial poll results at the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning initial poll results at the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning initial poll results at the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
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BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
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A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gives money to musicians during celebrations after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gives money to musicians during celebrations after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gives money to musicians during celebrations after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave
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