Modi Concedes Party’s Defeat in Assembly Elections for Key State

November 8, 2015 11:54 PM

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Modi Concedes Party’s Defeat in Assembly Elections for Key State

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India suffered a severe political setback on Sunday when the voters of Bihar, the country’s third most populous state, overwhelmingly rejected his party in state assembly elections.

Mr. Modi, who had eagerly cast the Bihar elections as a referendum on his first 17 months as India’s leader, acknowledged defeat shortly after noon.

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