Nerendra Modi’s party wins landslide victory in India


Narendra Modi’s party has won a landslide victory in one of India’s key states, a boost for the prime minister halfway through his first term.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took control of northern Uttar Pradesh state – India’s most populous – with the biggest majority there since 1980.
Mr Modi personally led the campaign against regional rivals the Samajwadi party and Bahujan Samaj party.
The election commission of India said the Hindu nationalist BJP had won a clear majority in Uttar Pradesh, with nearly four in 10 voters backing the party.