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India's Modi on parade after huge election win

New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been mobbed by crowds on a Delhi parade celebrating his landslide election victory.

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Early returns show Modi's BJP leading India election

Early returns showed Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leading the election in India with 104 seats, up a third from the last general election. The ruling Congress party was ahead in 50, a fall of nearly half, according to NDTV news.

Narendra Modi (rear), prime ministerial candidate of India last month. Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

Returns from 989 counting centres were expected to flow in thick and fast, with a clear picture expected by around lunchtime.

If the results of the world's largest exercise in democracy are in line with exit polls, the BJP and its allies will win an absolute majority of more than 272 seats in the lower house of parliament, where 543 seats are at stake.

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