BJP trounced in Delhi in big blow for Modi

February 10, 2015 6:54 AM

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An upstart anti-establishment party crushed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in an election for the Delhi assembly on Tuesday, smashing an aura of invincibility built around Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he swept to power last year.

With the vote of the main national opposition Congress party collapsing, the Aam Aadmi, or Common Man Party, was set to capture nine-tenths of the seats in Delhi, in what Modi's critics said was a warning against the partisan politics of Hindu hardliners in his fold.

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