India’s BJP wins first majority in 30 years: official results

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NEW DELHI  (AFP) – India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has won a majority in parliament after official results showed Friday it had crossed the crucial 272-seat mark in the 543-member parliament.

Figures from the Election Commission showed the BJP, led by Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, had won 274 constituencies and was leading in another eight where counting was still taking place.

The last party to win a majority was the left-leaning Congress in 1984 which suffered its worst-ever defeat on Friday with a projected 44 seats.

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