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Narendra Modi’s BJP set to win Uttar Pradesh

BJP won by a landslide in the previous state election in 2017, sweeping 312 seats in the India's most populous state
Published 08 Mar, 2022 01:46pm
People stand in a queue to cast their vote outside a polling station during the state assembly election in the town of Vrindavan, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Reuters.
People stand in a queue to cast their vote outside a polling station during the state assembly election in the town of Vrindavan, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Reuters.

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party was set for a resounding victory but a reduced majority at elections in the country’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh, exit polls forecast on Monday.

Exit polls are not always reliable in India, but an average of four indicated that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led in the state by firebrand monk Yogi Adityanath, would win 240 seats — more than enough for a majority in the 403-seat assembly.

The official results for the bellwether state, which is home to more than 200 million people, will be announced on Thursday.

Voting took place over several weeks in different rounds, the last of which was on Monday.

The BJP won by a landslide in the previous state election in 2017, sweeping 312 seats in the state, which sends more lawmakers to the national parliament than any other.

The BJP’s main rival Samajwadi (Socialist) Party, which has been seeking to tap into discontent over job losses and rising prices, was predicted to finish second with 150 seats.

Experts say the result in Uttar Pradesh will be viewed as a referendum on Modi, who was re-elected in 2019 and could seek a third term in 2024. Results are also due in four other states that have voted.

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