Indian Opposition Wins in Landslide

    Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi (C), the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), gestures as he arrives to seek blessings from his mother Heeraben at her residence in Gandhinagar in the western Indian state of Gujarat May 16, 2014. Modi will be the next prime minister of India, with counting trends showing the pro-business Hindu nationalist and his party headed for the most resounding election victory the country has seen in thirty years. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR3PFBZ

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    The next prime minister of India will not be a member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty or part of their Indian National Congress Party. It will be Narendra Modi from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which won in a stunning landslide that ends a monumental era in Indian politics. Modi defeated 43-year-old Rahul Gandhi, who was the son and grandson of assassinated prime ministers, Rajiv and Indira Gandhi. The family, which is descended from Jawaharlal Nehru, not Mohandas Gandhi, has led a party that has been in power for all but 10 years of the country’s history, and was widely seen as corrupt and out of touch. The BJP is a Hindu nationalist party, and its leader, Modi, was the chief minister of Gujarat in 2002 when riots killed at least 1,000 people, many of them Muslims.

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