NEW DELHI: India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was in a close fight with the main opposition in an election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state on Monday, trends from the early vote count showed.
Trends from the count showed the BJP leading in 91 seats of the 182-member state assembly with the Congress 83, NDTV said. To rule a party needs to win 92 seats.
Modi’s party was ahead in the rugged northern Himachal Pradesh, the other state holding elections for a new assembly.
Businesses across India have been struggling with the poor implementation of a Goods and Services Tax that aims to harmonize an array of state and federal taxes but entangled them in cumbersome procedures.
“It was a tough election, the toughest we have fought,” said R. Bala, BJP member.
To ensure his party’s prospects, Modi addressed dozens of rallies during his campaign in the state, performed rituals and even waved from a seaplane on his last day on the campaign trail. —Reuters