State election in India delivers a significant blow to Modi’s popularity

November 8, 2015 11:14 AM

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State election in India delivers a significant blow to Modi’s popularity

NEW DELHI — India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party received a crushing blow Sunday as votes were counted in a key state election, a verdict that analysts say may embolden Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opponents and shrink his political space for bold economic measures.

The result of the five-phase, staggered voting conducted over three weeks in the impoverished, northern state of Bihar does not affect Modi’s business-friendly government nationally, but many here view it as a wake-up call for Modi’s popularity and a sign of likely voter disenchantment with his 17-m...

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